Swartland Supremes

Some more feedback on The Adi, Eben and Luke show currently on the menu at The Test Kitchen.

This time on Neil Pendock’s blog on Times Live:

“Fabian and Guido had dined the previous evening at the Test Kitchen in Salt River as guests of WOSA with charming host André Morgenthal (who must keep many of Cape Town’s top end restaurants afloat in these depressed days). The 12 course menu dégustation was accompanied by wines from the Swartland Supremes (Eben Sadie as Mary Wilson and Adi Badenhorst as Diana Ross, but with bigger hair). Both Belgians called the meal “the best I have ever eaten in SA.” Guido’s own Hertog Jan restaurant in Brugge is a Michelin two star spot so he knows from food and he rates TK chef Luke Dale-Roberts a two star stunner although the service is on a lower level. In particular Luke’s imagination and matching an oyster to Adi’s Funky White was for Guido, a culinary triumph.”

Heating up in the Kitchen

We stumbles upon some more quality feedback for the “Eben, Adi and Luke Show’ a 13 course menu paired with wines from our cellar and neighbour Eben Sadie. This is all happening at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock where chef Luke Dale Roberts prepares a feast for the senses.

“But let’s talk about that price. Yes, R850 for dinner is a lot of money. But when you consider that includes 11 to 13 courses, suddenly the value-for-money starts to outweigh the chunk of change. Throw in expensive ingredients like truffle and salmon, and it’s looking better. Oh yes, did I mention there’s wine carefully paired with each course? Now it seems a lot more affordable.

And those wines are nothing run-of-the-mill… they come from two of the Swartland’s most adventurous, and respected, winemakers; Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie. Limited release wines, often from their own private cellars, seeing the light of day for the first time.”

So without further ado this winter; roll up, roll up ladies and gentlemen. Charge your glasses (and your credit cards) for the The Fantastic Eben, Adi and Luke Show!

For bookings or further information, visit www.thetestkitchen.co.za or call 021 447 2337. You can also follow Luke on Twitter: @ldrchef. The Test Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. The 11-13 course menu includes wines is priced at R850 per person. Prior booking is essential.

read the whole article here: http://food.iafrica.com/dining/735143.html

Test Kitchen – the Luke, Eben and Adi show

The much talked about Luke, Eben and Adi show has kicked off at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. We blogged about this before  and have now started to pick up some feedback from people who have enjoyed the experience.

Flavour Cape notes a few noteworthy pairings from the 7 course meal (carefully prepared food to match the wines by Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst.)

Amongst her favourites is this:
The AA Badenhorst ‘Accepted white’ 2009, a blend of 10 different Paardeberg vineyards and 10 different varietals. From Luke: salmon tataki, halva, yuzu dressing, foie gras butter, Korean tartare. Simple salty and sweet elements bravely combined. As Adi summed it up best: “When you have food as complex as this, there are so many more meeting points.”

Read the article here! 

Adi’s upcoming gigs…

“Luke Dale-Roberts. Adi Badenhorst. Eben Sadie. If food was music, that’s like getting Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis on stage together to cover your favourite song.” says local food blogger Jamie Who on his blog

In the spirit of food and music, I bring you Adi’s upcoming gigs:

Adi will be paying a visit to the Cape Quaffers social wine tasting club who meets monthly in Claremont on Thursday 19 May. 
Find out more about the group here.

Our wines will be tasted at the Old Cape Wine Shop Imhoff Farm on Saturday May 21st… Put that date in your diaries and come check in!
The Wine shop on Imhoff farm is just opposite Ocean View drive on the M65 near Kommetjie. (directions)

Come enjoy a 5-course meal paired with our wines at Bosman’s at the Grande Roche on Friday 27 May… Canapés on arrival, a five-course dinner carefully paired with our wines, coffee and petit fours all in the charming company of Mr Badenhorst himself.
Click here for more info!

And then, the big one that everyone is getting excited about and that inspired Jamie Who to compare Adi, Eben and Luke to musical legends – for 6 weeks, starting June 15th Adi and Eben Sadie will join chef Luke Dale-Roberts at The Test Kitchen  to play with ingredients and combinations to produce a menu that will be unlike anything else on offer in Cape Town (what Jamie said…) 
Read more here.

Hope to see you at one of these… 

The Adi, Eben and Luke Show @ The Test Kitchen this winter

Winter just warmed up a little! 

News has arrived that Adi, along with neighbour, friend and fellow wine rock star Eben Sadie will join exciting and much talked about, award-winning chef, Luke Dale Roberts at his restaurant The Test Kitchen for a winter pairing programme!

Yes, a definite reason to get excited. 

Eben, Adi and Luke have had extensive tastings in order to try to find the perfect combination of dishes such as Luke’s seared tuna with sotf dashi jelly, soy milk yuba and caviar or foie gras tiramisu, or the newly developed sweetbread and truffle jagerbomb.

This collaboration will see these maverick winemakers joining Luke in the kitchen to experiment with ingredients and combinations to produce a menu that will be unlike anything else on offer: a food and wine lover’s dream!

Eben and Adi will be showcasing there top drawer wines and other “secret wines” that have not been available to the general public.

Luke explains: “I’m excited that we are going into winter. Eben and Adi are inspirational wine makers that push the limits of creativity, they are not afraid to take risks and I respect that very much. We have a good chemistry and I am inspired to be working with other exciting, creative individuals in addition to my team. That’s what its all about. Wood is also a great new component that I’m enjoying using, like the velouté I’m making with American oak and bourbon accompanying my new tongue dish. Its great to slow down just a little and get seriously creative for the cooler months”.

This gastronomic adventure will continue The Test Kitchen’s reputation of being at the forefront of exciting fine dining and will highlight the symbiotic relationship between good food and wine. Every 6 weeks, new menus will be created to showcase new wines and possibly even some of the best from the microbreweries, all aiming to thrill and inspire new creativity with respect to food and wine and how we enjoy it.

For bookings or further information on these special wine events 
visit www.thetestkitchen.co.za
call (27) (21) 447 2337. 
You can also follow Luke on Twitter