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Justin Patrick

The Test Kitchen

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Justin Patrick

Definitely the best known (and most expensive) restaurant in Cape Town, The Test Kitchen is one of the only places around where it’s next to impossible to get a reservation. The tasting menu is 10 courses, and includes things like “12-hour smoked sea bass, celeriac extraction, frozen horseradish, lime compressed apple.” But somehow (thanks to friendly service and an industrial look), the place doesn’t feel overly pretentious or stuffy.

Yes, the food is incredible, but whether or not a meal at The Test Kitchen is worth your while really depends on how much you appreciate fine dining. If you’re the sort of person who can name dozens of chefs off the top of your head, maybe reads Lucky Peach, and is interested to know about the chemistry behind the combination of elderberry and orange emulsion, you should definitely try to get a reservation. Otherwise, we’d suggest checking out the slightly more casual option, The Pot Luck Club, from the same chef.

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