Vegetarian Culinary Experience at the Luke Dale Roberts x The Saxon

Last night we were treated to a Vegetarian Culinary Experience at the Luke Dale Roberts x The Saxon, celebrating 10 years of families uniting (Traditionally) with my husband bae, my ride or die, homie, lover & friend:-)


Views from our seat of the open kitchen

We received a warm welcome from the hostess who took us to our seats. Our waiters then explained the tasting menu options. There are 6 menu offering, a standard 5-course tasting menu with Pescatarian or Vegetarian options and an 8-course menu with Pescatarian or Vegetarian options.

The vegetarian taste menu options: 8-course meal or 5-course meal

After long debates on what would be a great dining experience, we went with the 8-course vegetarian option.

The chosen 8-menu option

The meal started with a cleanser, amuse-bouche course and bread for the table. We were then transcended on an extraordinary fine dining journey completed with tea pairing from Yswara.

About to break bread and drink tea

The food portion sizes were perfect, neatly presented and cooked to perfection. Unconventional combination of flavours and textures to tantalize the taste buds. Every meal that was served had some unique taste to it and made it difficult to select a favourite. The tea pairing worked well, we drank some really gorgeous teas.

SMOKED MOZZARELLA (Pickled shimeji mushrooms, lovage pesto, garlic catalan)
CARROT (Curried carrots, compressed apple, honecomb, lime) 

The restaurant is well run, great ambience and not too noisy. The service was impeccable with eloquent waiters attending to us at all time, from explaining the dishes presented to the teas paired with our meals.

Overall the dining experience was lovely, we did feel that the 8-course meal was beyond substantial. By the time we got to the dessert we were tired of eating. We both concluded that the 5-course would have been enough of an experience.

An amazing way to start our year of milestone celebrations. Thanks to ‘our people’ (you know who you are) for this incredible celebratory dinner experience. It was a splendid Saturday out.


  • 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, Gauteng (The Saxon Hotel), 011 292 6000
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    • The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 18:30 in the evening. Booking is essential.


The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts – #ThrowBackThursday

Like most people who EVENTUALLY get a table at The Test Kitchen, one automatically has VERY high expectations.

An intimate restaurant, with lovely interior, an open plan kitchen where one gets to see the Chefs in action.


We had the 9 course menu without the wine pairing. Our table had very COMPLICATED dietary requirements. Our waitress was amazing, she explained the food well and ensured our dietary requirements were met.

   Top Image: Bread for the Table & Bottom Image: The Test Kitchen ‘Appertisers’
                                              Dinner is Served

Unfortunately for me, it did not live up to its hype, the overall culinary experience was great but I did find the dinner went on for too long. By the time we were served our final dessert, the entire table was ready to pay and call it a night. I guess that’s the negative thing about having a big table to serve with so many dietary requirements.


The service was exceptional and all our requests were met with a smile. I recommend it for the experience and if you open to trying new things, but do bear in mind that it will set you back a couple of RANDS.



Tel: +27 (0) 21 447 2337


Address: The Test Kitchen, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, SAfrica

Opening hours:

Tuesday- Saturday:

Lunch seating: 12:30- 13:30

Dinner seating: 19:00- 20:30