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“New Drought Kitchen Menu is Fantastic”
Review of The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We were lucky enough to get a table here on the 3rd April 2018 which was the first day the new "Drought Kitchen" Menu was launched. In summary the quality of the food, flavours, presentation and atmosphere are as great as ever and the staff superb. The new menu is Chef Luke Dale Roberts nod to the serious water crisis in Cape Town and all dishes are served on plates that can be re-used without washing and only one set of cutlery is provided - very clever and unexpectedly attractive. The new menu is smaller but the six courses were more than enough, especially as an extra desert was added! The other change is there are now 2 sittings, but the two and a half hours allowed was more than enough time. In fact my wife and I preferred this smaller menu to the previous one and I think it may make booking easier too, with double the covers. The highlight for me was the Pig Head Salad with Pork Pie which is much more delicious than it sounds! Our only observation is that the dishes were served too quickly, but being the first time the menu had been prepared that's likely to be corrected. Also to save water I am sure people would be willing to compromise and be happy to use one wine glass rather than the 4 used with the wine pairing. Mr Dale Roberts has a unique ability to concentrate so many flavours into his beautifully presented dishes and the drought menu shows no compromise to his usual high standards. Loved it!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Food menu was amazing and wine pairings good. Unfortunately the poor service overshadowed our meal. Currently the concept of the drought kitchen is great and the dishes were elegant and interesting from the trout with caviar to the pigs cheap to the springbok on cabbage and portacccino base were all spectacular. Also enjoyed the tastes of the watercress snow, beet purée and gold leaf desert. We got a later seating, 8:45, and from the moment we walked in, we felt rushed to leave. By the time we were into our main course of springbok, the kitchen staff was in full cleanup mode and it went from the test kitchen to the test scullery. We also had a waiter drop one of their infusion droppers onto our food and not replace the dish, but rather get a new dropper. We were approached no less than 6 times towards the end of the meal to see if we were done. It’s a premium dining experience, but don’t go for a later seating.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We were in Cape Town for our honeymoon and treated ourselves to a dinner at The Test Kitchen. We are definitely not "foodies" but this experience was INCREDIBLE! The service was beyond amazing, the food was unique, beautiful and tasty. Overall it was just such a cool memory that we'll always cherish!

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Although we did not get to complete the full experience due to an unforeseen emergency.... the staff from upper management on down were extremely kind. We did start the adventure in the dark room and were so very much looking forward to this experience. Thank you Test Kitchen for the opportunity.... we hope to one day return and will absolutely try again!!

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

If you are visiting Cape Town, try to book in advance a table at the Test Kitchen, one of the best restaurant in town.
Located at the old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, you will be welco e in the dark room for cocktails and appetizers before moving in the White Room. Open kitchen where you can all the Team at work. Great food, very good service, an unique experience!

Thank Wallyd B
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