The news that esteemed chef Luke Dale-Roberts was opening a restaurant in Johannesburg certainly made waves in local food circles a few months back (read the Sawubona story here). The great news is that his pop-up restaurant at The Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa opens in January.
Dale-Roberts – owner of The Test Kitchen (the 2015 winner of the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant of the Year Awards) – looks forward to hitting Jo’burg with his new dining experience. “This unique opportunity at The Saxon is a launching pad for The Test Kitchen experience in Gauteng. I can’t wait to see how Jo’burgers react to The Test Kitchen’s style of food,” he said.
Heading up the Sandton kitchen will be Candice Philip, together with sous chef Wynand van Wyk and The Test Kitchen’s chef Ryan Cole. Dale-Roberts will be a regular presence and has designed a tasting menu combining The Test Kitchen classic dishes and new culinary sensations aimed specifically at Jo’burg’s foodies, such as the 45-day aged prime rib.
“I wanted to create new dishes that would speak to the local market. I can’t wait to find out what Jo’burg restaurant-goers love and then refine the dishes that we’re serving at the pop-up,” said Dale-Roberts.
Asian flavours are prominent on a Dale-Roberts menu and diners can expect hot-smoked trout with Korean chilli dressing, Iranian spiced duck with smoked pecan nut, and a coconut Thai curry of smoked marron dish as part of a variety of options. Lovers of fine cuts of meat and decadent desserts won’t be disappointed with lamb sweetbreads served with lime puree, and strawberry and thyme ice-cream served with poached rhubarb and orange sherbet.
The seven-course tasting menu is R1 330 for seven courses and includes two appetisers. For R2 100, the tasting menu will be partnered with a wine or tea pairing. Dinner is served from Tuesday to Saturday.
Make your bookings early because the pop-up is only open from 21 January 2016 until the end of March. For reservations, tel: 011 292 6000, or email email@example.com. The menu can be viewed on The Saxon’s website.