An Amazing Dinner At TTK Fledglings (a.k.a. The Test Kitchen), One Of The Best Restaurants In Cape Town

July 4, 2024
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It’s no secret that I loooove an epic meal when I travel.  Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen had been on my radar for a few years, since seeing it on Somebody Feed Phil, with a cool story and amazing-sounding food.

So when planning my South Africa adventure I looked it up and found out that it’s now called TTK Fledglings, but still just as awesome…and I was able to snag a reservation for one with only a week’s notice, which was super lucky!  So I wanted to do a deeper post on why it’s definitely one of the best restaurants in Cape Town.

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The Test Kitchen was founded by Luke Dale Roberts, who’s famous throughout Africa for his creative cuisine.  While he has a handful of restaurants, The Test Kitchen (and now TTK Fledglings) is the most iconic.  I guess the original technically closed and some point and they re-opened it as TTK Fledglings.

I contacted them directly on their website about reservations, as I didn’t see anything available on DinePlan (the app I used to make most of my reservations in South Africa).  You can also read recent reviews here.

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It’s a “learning kitchen,” where people with no specific knowledge of the hospitality industry can train in new skills while earning a salary.  It’s located inside the Old Biscuit Mill complex, and I got there easily by Uber after watching sunset at Camps Bay (Glen Beach specifically), and back to my hotel in about 10 minutes as well.

The space is super cool, making use of its industrial history but still feeling very warm and welcoming.  All of the staff were just amazing—the service was impeccable, knowledgeable, and so friendly.

I was seated at a bar table looking right into the kitchen, so I got to watch the team work…always super cool to see the behind-the-scenes.

A review of my dinner at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings)...why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants & what you need to know for your visit!

A review of my dinner at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings)...why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants & what you need to know for your visit!

Here are all my South Africa posts for planning your own adventure:

How to Spend a Perfect 24 Hours in Cape Town

A Day Driving South Africa’s Stunning Cape Peninsula

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They brought out a chef’s treat while I perused the menu.  It was a traditional fried bun and a smoked snoek (fish) pate…rich and delicious, which I inhaled in about .3 seconds.

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

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I decided to do the tasting menu with amazing South African wine pairings, and settled in to be wowed.  They brought out another chef’s treat in the meantime, a rice crisp with marinated tofu since I couldn’t have oysters.

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

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First up was a tuna tartare with these little crisps, paired with a Chenin Blanc.

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

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Next I had a kudu bresaola with a red blend, and then I subbed blue cheese soufflé for the shellfish option on the menu (which I can’t eat), paired with an amazing Riesling.

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

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Next up I sipped a dry Malbec with the Chinese duck ravioli…it was definitely delicious but not quite as amazing as the other courses in my opinion.  The “main” was springbok filet with a spicy red (yum!).

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

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And though I was absolutely stuffed at this point, I rallied to enjoy a DELICIOUS Late Harvest wine with their pear tart.  Ugh, so good.

The amazing prix fixe menu at The Test Kitchen (or TTK Fledglings) - why this is one of the best Cape Town restaurants

South Africa was on my list of “10 Places I’m Dying to Visit” in 2024!

They basically had to roll me out of there to meet my Uber…my jet-lagged butt fell into bed happy and stuffed.  This is definitely one of the best Cape Town restaurants and needs to be on your itinerary if you can snag a res!

Where to stay in Cape Town

I was only here two nights, and stayed at the delightful Blackheath Lodge, a cute little hotel (or maybe B&B?) that was centrally located, comfortable, and great value for what it delivered.  I had several other hotels on my “short list”, including PODS Camps BayAzamare Guest House,  O’ Two Hotel, and Taj Cape Town.

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