SA restaurant makes the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list

Luke Dale-Roberts
Luke Dale-Roberts

Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen has taken the 48th spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2014 list. “It’s just great to be here in London and receive this acknowledgment and award. I feel so proud of what we have achieved over these three years. We will continue to build the Test Kitchen slowly and carefully; one dish at a time,” commented founder and chef  Luke Dale-Roberts this morning from the Berkeley Hotel, London.

British-born Dale-Roberts is no stranger to success, having previously featured in the 50 Best list during his time at La Colombe. And he continues making waves right here in his adopted homeland of South Africa. He launched the Test Kitchen in Woodstock, Cape Town just over three years ago, the result of which has a long waiting list (but is well worth the wait!). named the One To Watch in 2013, the Test Kitchen brings Dale-Roberts unique style that melds techniques and flavours inspired and influenced during his time at Bali Sugar, considered one of London’s first fusion restaurants, as well as his travels in Asia. According to the website, “The Test Kitchen is a workshop of the culinary arts where Dale-Roberts and his team produce colourful plates of delicious, exhilarating food. Much of it is presented in original, often theatrical ways, with hand-made plates, bowls and boards complementing the dishes.”

One of his inspired dishes is the TK Concrete Ball  – Mozambican langoustine cooked inside a concrete ball at your table over burning star anise, then served with a herbed Nicola potato and mussel salad, scallops and Spanish cucumber medley and champagne velouté. Says the website: ‘It takes exceptional skill to bring such an eclectic mix of ingredients together in harmony but Dale-Roberts achieves it with confidence and flair.”

The Test Kitchen offers both five- and nine-course tasting menus, as well as a five-course and à la carte menu at lunch.

Having had the opportunity to sample Dale-Roberts fare for myself during a press function, I can truly say that this is a life experience and one that should be on every South African’s culinary bucket list. If you are looking for star quality – this is one place that is well worth a visit and the wait! For more information:, email or call 021 447 2337. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.