As soon as you’ve booked your flight to Cape Town, you’ll also want to book your lunch or dinner reservation at the Test Kitchen. The restaurant was named to the “World’s 50 Best” list in both 2015 and 2016, making it one of the most popular spots in South Africa. As you enter the restaurant, you’ll notice chef Luke Dale-Roberts and his team moving around the open-air kitchen like a colony of ants. What first appears to be chaos is actually incredibly organized and intentional, with everyone working their hardest to deliver an unforgettable dining experience.
During a meal here, you can expect to taste a fusion of French, Asian, and South African flavors, with notable dishes including slow-cooked pork belly with wood-roasted sweet potato, smoked chestnut, and orange dashi. At dinner, guests have a choice of a five- or six-course tasting menu paired with South African wines.