The Test Kitchen Fledgelings

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern
Phone Number 0214472337 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Thursday to Saturday 12noon to 1.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 8pm


Menu - Updated menus available on the website.


A la Carte (R245 avg main meal); Fully Fledged Menu (R850 per person)
Fine-dining food, Modern
R150 per 750ml bottle
A la Carte (R245 avg main meal); Fully Fledged Menu (R850 per person)
Groups, Special occasions
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

After more than a decade leading the South African fine-dining scene, The Test Kitchen team is passing the baton to a whole new generation of aspiring chefs and hospitality hopefuls. TTK Fledgelings functions as something of an incubator, providing those who have no access to formal chef’s or guest-service training with the opportunity to carve out a career in the industry. The ‘fledgelings’ are mentored by restaurateur Luke Dale Roberts and chef Nathan Clarke while working (and earning) full-time. When Fledgelings opened in 2021, it was a strictly à la carte affair. Today, while you do still have the option of the two- or three-course à la carte menu, the team has grown confident enough in their skills to also present a six-course discovery menu, aptly dubbed the Fully Fledged menu. The discovery menu’s plum duck with chicken liver, poultry jus and pommes chateau is particularly elegant (although it does have a R150 surcharge attached to it). The café au lait beef fillet (served with bone marrow, turnip-and-mushroom cream, and potato gratin) is also heavenly, and the cocoa-nib frangipane cake with mascarpone, chocolate ice cream and hazelnut praline is everything a dessert should be (however it, too, has a supplementary charge of R100). On the à la carte side of things, don’t miss the sweet-potato ssam to start – a symphony of charred sweet potato, tofu purée, dehydrated feta, fried cabbage, shiitake and broccoli. Luke’s famous fish tacos appear here, too, and there’s a decent selection of vegetarian options (an assiette of beetroot, mushroom crespelle, the panko-crusted tofu burger).

On a balmy night, you’ll find instant refreshment in the veggie martini, with gin, cucumber, celery purée, lime, elderflower and syrup. (With all that greenery, you can almost trick yourself into believing it’s good for you.) The Fledgelings wine list is a carefully curated selection of local estates, from heavyweights to boutique cellars. At the time of writing, there was no sommelier on hand to help you find the perfect match for your à la carte meal, however you can choose to pair the Fully Fledged menu with wine for an additional R600.

Each of the fledgelings in the front-of-house team is coached by mentors who work alongside them during service, making this a well-oiled machine.

The decor, ambience and even the playlist reflect the ethos of Fledgelings: that you’re in for a sophisticated dining experience but in a relaxed, nurturing and playful setting.

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Amazing service and great food
    Totally worths the wait for our booking and even worth the price. A total food art experience
    Exquisite from beginning to end. Enough said. Go and taste for yourself.
    Finally ticked this off my bucket list - The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. It's not just a restaurant - it's an experience and after a long chat with the Sous Chef Ryan Cole we understand how much thought has gone into every element. From the slightly underground feeling of the dark room to the chic but cosmopolitan atmosphere of the light side... It was incredible. The staff were attentive but not in your face and had good knowledge of everything th eyes were putting in front of you. The food and the flavours were perfectly matched with the wine pairing and sitting by the counter afforded us a view of all the action - quite a sensory overload at times but you can see how carefully yet quietly managed this kitchen is - everyone has their role and gets on with it. And staying til passed midnight we saw the attention to detail in the clean up operation. Certainly not an every day place (the cost will make your eyes water!) but a once in a lifetime must do experience!

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