If you’re a foodie of note then you probably know that chef, Luke Dale-Roberts is a big deal. The critically acclaimed chef of The Test Kitchen fame is much-loved in Cape Town and now, he is bringing his special brand of foodie heaven to Johannesburg! Dale-Roberts and his Test Kitchen pop-up restaurant at The Saxon have been causing quite a stir in Joburg of late and the announecement that he is here to stay is just the cherry on the cake! Here are all the details on Luke Dale-Roberts’ new Joburg venture.

The new restaurant, Luke Dale-Roberts at The Saxon is set to open its doors in Joburg in May this year and we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve! According to Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa Managing Director, George Cohen the new venture is all about offering their guests unique experiences; “What we’ve tried to achieve with this collaboration, and the overall Saxon dining offering, is to bring newly inspired culinary concepts to Johannesburg,”

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 guests can expect to find a delicious array of eats and treats fresh from the garden on the hotel premises. “We have some fantastic things planned on the autumn gardening schedule that will be transformed on the plate,” Dale-Roberts explained.

As for the decor, the current dining space will close at the end of March for an extensive refurbishment to reopen in May. Diners can expect a completely new design aesthetic, spearheaded by Sandalene Dale-Roberts, Luke’s fashion and interior designer wife. Tapping into Luke and Sandalene Dale-Roberts’s signature eye for design and fine art, the current space will be transformed into a modern room embracing the South African aesthetic. Already artists Mark Rautenbach and Pete Eastwood, whose works are to be seen at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, are featured in the space.

Luke Dale-Roberts at the Saxon will open on 5 May for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. 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. For reservations, call (011) 292 6000 or email to tablereservations@saxon.co.za.