Potted Lango at Ye Olde Test Kitchen
Potted Lango at Ye Olde Test Kitchen

Innovative Luke Dale Roberts is acknowledged for creating restaurants that not only continue to push boundaries, but also to create them for aspiring chefs that step out of his shadow. On occasion however, inspiration comes not from leaping forward, but looking back.

Luke grew up in Punnetts Town, East Sussex. A small village that in his own words, “had about 15 pubs in a mile’s radius” from his home. Having been immersed in the British pub culture for much of his youth, he had been mulling the idea of creating a modern-day pub-food experience for some time. Recently, seeing a demand grow for more accessible, hearty meals, Luke, never one to idle, decided to create a unique, yet age-old, dining experience stirred by his own nostalgia and the simple question, “Is it tasty?”

“This is not The Test Kitchen in terms of multi-course, multi-sensory experience, but we are offering the same degree of skill and attention to detail to good, old-fashioned, honest food”, says Luke Dale Roberts.

Kedgeree soup at Ye Olde Test Kitchen
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Excellence out of simplicity

With Ye Olde Test Kitchen, Luke seeks to create excellence out of simplicity and innovation out of the ordinary. It is a vehicle catered to the guests’ wants and needs as well as a personal project of challenging and pushing his chefs to create something different from his youth. The result is a dining experience where the bells and whistles ring loudly and clearly in your head, even when you cannot see them.

The menu consists of a la carte dishes, served as starters, mains and desserts, with a range of sides.

Starters will consist of dishes such as Pressed Terrine of the day Salt Beef Ploughman and Potted Lango, mains of Mini Beef Wellington, Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks and, of course, Fish and Chips, with desserts including a cheeseboard, Sticky Toffee pudding and a crumble of the day. Dishes range from R95 to R220.

There will be no set wine pairings, and Tinashe, The Test Kitchen’s renowned sommelier, is preparing a bespoke wine list comprising some special vintages and personal favourites. A selection of craft beers will also be available by the bottle.

Launching on 21 August 2019, Ye Olde Test Kitchen pop-up will open its doors for every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, lunch only for two months. Located in the Old Biscuit Mill at The Test Kitchen, bookings for seats in the Light Room will be available online, while walk in guests will be welcomed in the Dark Room.

Please note that Ye Olde Test Kitchen will be able to cater to limited dietary requirements and that Ye Olde Test Kitchen closes at 3.30pm.

What: Ye Olde Test Kitchen pub lunch
Where: Old Biscuit Mill The Test Kitchen Cape Town
Ye Olde Test Kitchen reservations: http://www.yeoldetestkitchen.co.za
Info only: + 27 (021) 447 2337