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The Test Kitchen

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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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375 Albert Road | Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock 7925, South Africa
+27 21 447 2337
19:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 19:00 - 21:00
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124 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The opportunity to eat at 'The Test Kitchen' came as a surprise. We had read the reviews and about the difficulty of getting a table, so when a last minute cancellation was offered via the Cape Grace concierge we grabbed it, despite the early 6pm eating time. It is a very different food experience. The two phase- dark room /... More 

Thank Spencer007
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there before the renovation and it was great and lot´s of tastes. This visit was a journey in many ways - It was one of the best food expericenses I ever had. Well done!!

Thank BurgerBurger
Tallinn, Estonia
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Already 5 years No 1 in South Africa, constantly World TOP 50's first half - not much to add. Many people plan their trip to Cape Town if they manage to get a table... you can give a try.

Thank VAH0
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196 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an elegant experience- from device to the sublime food. You could taste every ingredient- the freshness and perfection. The mix of flavors beyond compare - this is a chef at the height of his game. No question about the mastery of flavors and textures. A must go on the global culinary scene. I am in awe!

Thank soha0208
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A highly anticipated night out on our visit from Toronto, after securing a reservation through their complex online system 2 months earlier. Convenient on-site parking at the Old Biscuit Mill made for easy transport. We were not disappointed - this innovative tasting menu stands up against the best in North America or Europe. We began with seven small snacks/dishes and... More 

1 Thank SfromToronto
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An extraordinary experience, even for unrepentant foodies. The experience had many components: surprise being the predominant one. The support staff are awesomely insouciant--describing courses beyond your imagination with matter of fact confidence. The performance starts with an hour or so in "the dark room", before you are directed to a portal and a doorman lets you into "the light room",... More 

Thank Dennis C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WARNING - it ain't cheap and it is a set menu. This is truly one of the best food experiences we have ever had, from entering to leaving. You start off in a dark room being served with a couple of cocktails and served The Test Kitchens "Bar" food. What a kick-off, the cocktails (or the great G&T if you... More 

Thank Jamtarts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wow - what an experience the Test Kitchen is. If you can get a reservation - DO IT! From the welcome drinks, to the appetizers, to the amazing 9 course dinner - there isn't anything I would change about this experience (except maybe wear some loose fitting clothes so you can enjoy it all!) My family and I went here... More 

1 Thank Michelle F
Cape Town, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Take time to experience every course. It is a real taste explosion. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Thank ChristaDV
Cessy, France
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The Test Kitchen has been one of our favourite restaurants for our trips to Cape Town and this was our fifth visit there. It has always been excellent quality and for a European was good value for money and worth the difficulty of getting a reservation. For this visit the reservation system had changed and we struggled a bit with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 375 Albert Road | Shop 104 A / The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock 7925, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Woodstock
  • Phone Number: +27 21 447 2337

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?