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The Test Kitchen is Africa’s best restaurant! Once again garnering international recognition and placing a spectacular 22nd in the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards.

The Test Kitchen was awarded 22nd place at the ceremony which was held in style in New York City at the Cipriani Wall Street on Monday evening.

Osteria Francescana, a restaurant in Modena, Italy won the top prize in the 2016’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Chef-owner Luke Dale-Roberts says, “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!”

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With the city recently named the Condé Nast’s title of Best City for Food in the World. The Test Kitchen has become a mainstay on the foodie traveller scene in Cape Town. Dale-Roberts applies his expert technique, passion for true flavour and international inspiration in the creation of challenging and rewarding dishes.

In 2015 the restaurant made a massive jump from no.48 in 2014 to no.28 in 2015. In addition, the restaurant was also 2013, 2014 and 2015 Winner of Continental Restaurant Awards: Best Restaurant in Africa.

Other restaurants of note on the food scene in Cape Town – home to eight out of the top 10 restaurants in the country – include La Colombe (Cape Town), The Tasting Room (Franschhoek), Greenhouse at The Cellars Hohenort (Cape Town), Waterkloof Restaurant (Somerset West), The Potluck Club (Cape Town), Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch) and of course Terroir out in the Winelands town of Stellenbosch.

Exciting new food adventure

Dale-Roberts is set to add yet another highlight to the list with his latest adventure with food. The Shortmarket Club just off vibey Bree Street, will be opening on 27 June.

This is a new joint venture with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon. Dale-Roberts stated, “I’m extremely excited about what this will bring to the City Bowl”. But added that his involvement is more a supporting role, as his focus remains on The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club in Woodstock.

“The restaurant is unique in its design and it’s a place to relax and really lap up the feeling of luxury that surrounds you – and the delicious food of course!”

The restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and, in keeping with its opulent old-world feel, many of the dishes are modern interpretations of classics. Breakfast will herald a new trend for the City Bowl with the likes of shiitake brioche toast soldiers with boiled eggs, quinoa granola made in-house and classic Arnold Bennett omelette.

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.

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Test Kitchen refurb

The Test Kitchen will close for August for a full décor refurbishment. Dale-Roberts says, ‘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 re-opening on 4 October, guests can expect a whole new The Test Kitchen experience.

“We are constantly innovating and refining the food according to our Test Kitchen philosophy. And with the re-imagined space the entire experience of dining here will be redefined,” says Dale-Roberts.

The Pot Luck Club, which is also situated at The Old Biscuit Mill is a trendy spot which continues to impress diners with its tapas concept. Dishes are packed with flavour and texture, taking inspiration from around the globe. While the 360-degree views of the city and Manhattan-loft feel and open kitchen add to the palpable energy at the venue.

Dale-Roberts says, “The Test Kitchen is at the heart of what I do.” And it shows!

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