Who is Luke Dale-Roberts, and why are his restaurants the best?
12 June 2017
With The Test Kitchen, The Shortmarket Club and The Pot Luck Club regularly appearing on the top lists of best restaurants in Cape Town, who is the man behind these culinary delights?
Luke Dale-Roberts was born in Britain and trained at the prestigious Baur Au Lac Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Dale-Roberts has cooked at hotels all over the world for the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Oasis
His first restaurant The Test Kitchen was opened in 2010 and since then has been named one of the best restaurants in Africa and mentioned in Worlds Top 50 List. The 21-course tasting menu has been heralded as a taste sensation not to be missed. This is more than a restaurant, this is food entertainment.
The next venture for Dale-Roberts was The Pot Luck Club, opened in 2013 on the top floor of the silo at Woodstock’s famous Old Biscuit Mill. The tapas menu is divided into taste categories: bitter, sweet, sour, salty, umami and sweet. The food takes inspiration from all around the globe and adds an Asian touch. This restaurant is worth the visit just for the sweeping, almost 360-degree of the Mother City.
Last but certainly not least for this rising star is The Shortmarket Club. Opened in June 2016 with a central location just off Bree Street. With more conventional, bistro inspired food it’s a step away from the Asian-style tapas that we’ve seen before from Dale-Roberts. This is the only restaurant of the three to offer breakfast, and what a way to start the day! With breakfast dishes such as hot-smoked trout with miso butter and poached eggs, we are waking up early for this one.
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