After opening The Test Kitchen in November 2010, British-born restaurateur Luke Dale-Roberts won Chef of the Year at the 2011 Eat Out Awards, followed by Best Restaurant three times in a row.
Then came Pot Luck Club, a venue popular for its tapas-style menu that features favourites like fish tacos and beef fillet with truffled café au lait sauce. Cape Town can now look forward to another creation in Luke’s growing portfolio of culinary excellence.
Words: Eugene Yiga
Now, much to the excitement of foodies everywhere, he’s opening a third restaurant at the Old Biscuit Mill. “I call it my incubation hub,” he says. “Ingredients will be treated simply; everything is returning back to basics, back to the source.”
Naturalis will be built from revived sea containers, include a state-of-the-art Gaggenau kitchen, and use a front hatch so that passers-by can take a peek at what’s happening inside. It’ll also boast a fermentation room, cheese room, roof garden, and maybe even a bakery on the top level.
“I’m fascinated by the process of fermentation, how it naturally changes the core aspects of an ingredient,” Dale-Roberts says. “Fermentation, curing, culturing, and drying: these are at the core of what I will be doing at Naturalis.”
Luke Dale-Roberts’ pop-up restaurant at the Saxon is now set to become a permanent feature from May 2016… the restaurant is called “Luke Dale-Roberts at the Saxon”.
Dale-Roberts is delighted at the prospect of sharing his culinary skills and signature restaurant experience with Johannesburg diners. He says: “Obviously the expectations have been very high with the pop-up in Johannesburg, but, to be honest, I’ve absolutely loved the energy here. The guests are excited to be here, they’re chatting to people at other tables. It’s a space that’s fun, filled with energy and shared excitement.”
Dale-Roberts and his team at the Saxon, headed up by Candice Philip, are already planning the autumn menu for Luke Dale-Roberts at the Saxon, and he’s delighted to be working with the gardener on the hotel premises to bring the freshest produce to the table. “We have some fantastic things planned on the autumn gardening schedule that will be transformed onto the plate,” Dale-Roberts adds.
Luke Dale-Roberts at the Saxon will open on 5 May 2016 for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
- Bookings are essential.
- The seven-course tasting menu is currently priced at R1 330 for 7-courses (which includes two appetisers) or R2 100 with wine or tea pairing.
- Dinner served Tuesday to Saturday.
- For reservations, call (011) 292 6000 or email to [email protected]