President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted out on the town in the Mother City this weekend (masked up, Cyril-style of course), while on the hunt to hit the ultimate foodie spot.
According to Eat Out, he popped into The Test Kitchen in Woodstock for a divine dinner, delighting the young chefs with his presence. After all, Uncle Cyril is very close to an executive foodie who has been known to appreciate fine dining in every province, so what has been named the best restaurant in Cape Town would naturally see the head-of-state ready to feast.
One of the chefs (@carlamillischulzedoerr) said in a social media post that cooking for the president was an honour. The comments were also quite heart-warming and beaming with pride for the various young chefs who posted about the experience.
Now, we’re not saying that Uncle Cyril has to do everything with the family, but one might think that with all the family meetings that he has called South Africa to join, we as the family might at least secure an invite to an extravagant family dinner every once in a while!
Jokes aside, if you’ve got the gold to go for an elite dining experience and truly feast like a presidential foodie, The Test Kitchen should definitely be on your may-as-well-be-royal restaurant bucket list.
Situated at the Old Biscuit Mill, The Test Kitchen is described as a “paired down yet undoubtedly luxurious fine-dining experience, going back to the origins of what delicious food is.”
The Test Kitchen has received raving reviews over time, proving the excellency of its cuisine and experience.
The Infatuation has called The Test Kitchen the “best restaurant in Cape Town,” and even went on to say that it “feels… like an extravagant holiday dinner at a friend’s house,”
As Eat Out reminds us, it is also one of the most awarded restaurants, having been named the eat out number one restaurant for a total of six times.
What’s on the menu?
You can hear the food luxury in the menu. To give you some insight, their current 5 course menu (lunch & dinner) sounds something like this:
Billionaire Shortbread (enough said) which is house-made bread and hand churned jersey butter. It’s bread but it sounds so gorgeous?
There’s also pineapple and smoked pork belly, fillet/ Bourbon Oak Jus/ coffee Velout or green mango and attar buttermilk. A green mango has never sounded so intriguing before. What about an upside down cake with spelt ice cream? Spelt! It sounds magical. And this is only a portion of the menu.
For locals, a popular dish is the world-class burger, where the buns are probably made of gold, or at the least, from the golden hearts of the chefs.
It’s no wonder why the restaurant once had a waiting list of months in the pre-Covid atmosphere of society. However, chef and owner Luke Dale Roberts has “adjusted [The Test Kitchen’s] offerings considering the pandemic.
It’s not all designed to target white collars though. In early 2021,” The Test Kitchen Fledgelings was launched: an in-house initiative with a fundamental philosophy of learning and teaching with passion and love,” as per Eat Out. These young chefs can be supported in their labour of love at the former short market club in Cape Town central.
As for our president’s excursion, it would seem like the experience was a very happy one, as the group selfie (where not a face was left maskless) portrays. At least some members of our mighty South African family got to relish in the experience.
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