If there was one restaurant I was particularly excited about going to in South Africa, it was the Test Kitchen. Almost everyone who had been to South Africa recommended it, even if they hadn’t manage to get a booking here themselves. It was voted the best restaurant in Africa, let alone South Africa. A big title.
Getting a booking is thus close to impossible, unless you book about 6 months in advance. Or, if you get lucky. We got ridiculously lucky as met the wonderful South African Jo in London during the summer, who knew one of the chefs there and managed to get us a table at 8:30 on a Saturday night. I think she surprised herself.
Did it live up to expectations? Yes. Which was my favourite dish? I can’t choose. It’s easier for me to just show you photos of the ten-course tasting menu (more with the amuse bouche) than even try and describe it.
Top tip? Book seats at the kitchen bar rather than an actual table. That way you get to see the chefs preparing the food. The insight to ‘behind the scenes’ was perhaps the most priceless part of it all.
Good news for Johannesburgers – the owner Dale-Roberts is set to launch a pop up restaurant at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg at the end of the month. Get booking now! And if you can’t get a table at the Test Kitchen then try the equally fabulous Pot Luck Club sister restaurant next door!
The Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Road