The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen opened to rave reviews in November 2010 as Luke’s latest offering since retiring from the role of executive chef at La Colombe on Constantia Uitsig farm.

After only 4 years at La Colombe, Luke managed to secure a plethora of awards including Eat Out Magazine’s best restaurant and chef in the country as well as placing 12th in the Acqua Panna World rankings in 2010.

The Test Kitchen promises a unique new dining experience. Bespoke crockery, brushed steel tables, contemporary artwork and custom-made, hand-stitched leather seats only serve as the setting for an unforgettable experience: the main attraction being the gastronomic feast Luke and his team deliver.

Dinner is an option of 3, 5 or 8 courses (R345, R440 or R550, respectively) with the option of wine pairing with the 5 or 8 course menus. Lunch is a more laid back affair with an a la carte menu on offer which highlights the best daily produce from the local markets.

Booking is essential in this 30-seater space and while tables are available, the unique attraction, and possibly the most coveted seat in the house, is the Kitchen Bar. Four high seats are available right on the kitchen pass where Luke works his magic in front of guests: one is so close to the action, the temptation to join in the plating is overwhelming.

The name Test Kitchen refers to the creative world of experimentation Luke wishes to forge in the space. From inception, the restaurant has involved collaboration with designers, artists and creatives to construct a space that will in turn encourage innovation in food: playing with flavours, combinations and ideas to challenge, inspire and surprise.

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