Cape Town restaurant The Test Kitchen has walked away with another glittering international accolade, placing at No. 22 at the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards and Best Restaurant in Africa.
The Test Kitchen was awarded 22nd place at the ceremony, which was held in style in New York City at the Cipriani Wall Street earlier this week. Chef-owner Luke Dale-Roberts is understandably thrilled by this award, saying: “The award is an incredible vote of confidence for me and my team. I do what I love, with precision and artistry, and being awarded for this validates what I do every day.”
The Test Kitchen provides a showcase experience where Dale-Roberts applies his expert technique, passion for true flavour and international inspiration in the creation of challenging and rewarding dishes.
This is the fourth year in which The Test Kitchen has featured in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. It made a bold start at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2013, where it received the Cacao Barry One to
Watch Award. Since then, The Test Kitchen has climbed steadily and quickly since its opening at the end of 2010: no. 74 in 2012; no. 61 in 2013 and no.48 in 2014 followed by a massive jump to no.28 in 2015. In addition, the restaurant was also 2013, 2014 and 2015 Winner of Continental Restaurant Awards: Best Restaurant in Africa at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The Test Kitchen has received numerous awards, both local and international since opening. It was named in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants 2015. And locally it has been named Restaurant of the Year from 2012 to 2015 by the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards and received Two Plates in the new South African JHP Gourmet Guide.
The Test Kitchen will close for mid-August for a full décor refurbishment, where the entire space will be reconsidered as a whole. Dale-Roberts explains, “It will be smaller, more intimate, and we will only do dinners there. It’s time to redefine this creative space, which has always been my focus in terms of creating the most flavourful, exciting and challenging food.”
After its reopening on October 4, guests can expect a whole new The Test Kitchen experience. “We are constantly innovating and refining the food according to our Test Kitchen philosophy,” Dale-Roberts explains, “and with the reimagined space the entire experience of dining here will be redefined.”
2016 has also seen Dale-Roberts launch Luke Dale-Roberts at The Saxon, which is an exclusive boutique hotel in Johannesburg.
Here diners are fêted with his signature fare.
* The Test Kitchen is located at Shop 105a, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock.
To book your table, call 021 447 2337; or book online via www.thetestkitchen.co.za.