1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
For an unprecedented fifth year running, Luke Dale-Roberts takes the number one spot. This is food entertainment as richly layered and engrossing as a well-written film.The menu is constantly evolving: Luke has just introduced a new 21-course menu, but his mantra doesn’t change.
The focus is on flavour, flavour, flavour. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.Highlights: Peking-style quail breast tucked into a mouthful of paper-thin pastry; tender drumsticks of confit quail leg on pine needles with burnt-onion cream and pine-roasted chestnuts;
Cape Malay curry-glazed kingklip; and a pre-dessert of scattered fragrant chamomile flowers, friandises soaked in burnt butter, a buttermilk quenelle and roasted sunflower-seed-and-honeycomb crumb.Pine-needle granita with lime-compressed cucumber and gin-and-tonic jelly at The Test Kitchen. Photo by Jan Ras.