Luke Dale Roberts

The Test Kitchen, which opened in November 2010, has the celebrated chef cooking at his most creative in a distinctive contemporary space.

British-born Luke trained in Switzerland and England before heading to Asia for a five year stint, launching several restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. “My time in Europe taught me to cook; my time in Asia broadened my horizons”, says Luke.

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The Test Kitchen

Has been reinvented. The new design consists of a Dark Room and a Light Room and is open only for dinners with a maximum of forty guests per evening. It’s more impressive and magical than anyone could have imagined.

The Dark Room

It is here that you want to lower your voice, breathe deeply and focus on food and conversation.

The Light Room

It is here where guests will enjoy the remainder of the beautifully plated tasting menu in a more formal setting.

In April 2018, The Test Kitchen will introduce a reduced-water dining experience which will run exclusively for two months until end May. The Drought Kitchen, (essentially a pop up within The Test Kitchen), will be focussing all its creative energy on coming up with a solutions to the problem of using less water in the kitchen. And the results are yet another creative, and delicious, endeavour.

The Drought Kitchen by The Test Kitchen’s reduced-water dining experience will run from Tuesday to Saturday. The six-course menu, which also includes three snacks, will cost R890 per person, excluding wines, and will be the only menu served. Diners can also choose a tea-, gourmand wine- or iconic wine-pairing to accompany the dishes.

The six-course menu, adapted from the standard menu at The Test Kitchen, will be nothing short of sublime. We have designed “empty picture frames”, that will have a piece of interchangeable card that the dish will be plated on effectively making every dish a picture.

“With taking away 90% of the chinaware we effectively eliminate 90% of our water usage from the dishwasher and with, our having all but shut down the laundry, we are hopeful that this will make a difference”