luke dale-roberts in the test kitchen

I was super privileged to have been invited to what was touted as the ‘lunch of the year’ last week, to enjoy a spectacular eleven course lunch paired with wines from Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst. This unique and inspiring menu kicks of the first of a series of wine events that will run for six weeks at The Test Kitchen.

the intimate dining area at the test kitchen with open plan kitchen

Eben and Adi are showcasing their top wines, including wines from their own cellars that have previously not been available to the public.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a food wine pairing adventure of note, and I was blown away by how perfectly the food and wine married.


This is what the menu is all about:

Act one

Egg on toast”

Mrs kirsten “The old vine chenin”


Ajo blanco, tempura oyster

AA Badenhost Non vintage “funky white”


Tomato and miso cream cheese mousse

Sequillo Cellars Red


Trout and apple with lime

AA Badenhorst “Rejected White” 2008 vintage


Yellowtail tataki, soft yuzu dashi jelly, chick peas, edemame, green tea and soy milk yuba, caviar

2008 Sadie Family Palladius white


Tuna tataki, halva, garlic dressing, foie gras butter, Korean tartare

AA Badenhorst “Accepted white” 2009

Act two

Foie gras and red cabbage and fig “mi-cuit”, rabbit ham, braised chestnuts and gently pickled quince

Sequillo White Port 2010 served on crushed ice

Act three

Warm duck salad, beetroot, lentil and juniper salsa, beetroot dressing


Pan seared veal tongue and scallops, peanut and elephant garlic purée, pancetta, bourbon and American oak velouté, ginger and spring onions

AA Badenhorst red blend 2007 vintage


Act four

Pan seared linefish, octopus, marjoram and tomato fondue, oyster and pastis hollandaise

Cellar hands white blend 2010

Act five

Pan fried sweetbreads, liquorices and liver glaze, compressed field mushrooms, foie gras pure

The Sadie Familly Wines Columella 2008

Act six

Xmas gammon, crsipy belly, cashew nut dust, apple kim chi, coco nib jus, tarragon cream

AA Badenhorst Secateurs White


Doenjang and dark beer glazed lamb chop, malted barley rissotto, rosemary and juniper veloute

Cellar hands red blend 2010

Act seven

Foie gras tiramisu

AA Badenhost “Single Bottling Cinsault”

The Final Act

Roasted fig, pinenut parfait, tonka and yogurt foam

Sadie Family Wines Niepoort (Cape Fortified 2008)

fresh oyster with watercress, 'soba dashi'
eggs on toast, tomato and miso cream cheese mousse, yellowtail sashimi and the salmon tataki
fried sweetbreads, warm duck salad, roasted fig & pinenut parfait, foie gras and rabbit ham
pan seared veal tongue and scallops, peanut and elephant garlic puree, pancetta, bourbon and American oak veloute, ginger and pea shoots
a spectacular lunch enjoyed with interesting people

Some of the highlights:

  • The yellowtail sashimi with the beautiful texture of the fried garlic and the creamy green tea and soy milk yuba and the flavour of ginger coming through
  • The use of halva with the salmon tataki blew me away both from a texture and flavour point of view
  • The coffee and ginger flavours with the pan seared tongue and scallops was pretty amazing to me
  • The perfectly cooked and probably the best duck I have ever eaten in the warm duck salad
  • Every single wine was a highlight

The Fantastic Eben, Adi and Luke Show will launch on the evening of 15 June 2011 and will run for six weeks only. The eleven to thirteen course menu which includes wines is priced at R850.00 per person. Prior booking is essential.

The Test Kitchen: or call (27) (21) 447 2337


  1. Sam – you have made such a lovely piece of this. For me, one of the finest wine and food experiences I have ever had. Lovely seeing you again too.

  2. Sam

    Thank you Michael, it was indeed a memorable lunch and so good to see you again too. x

  3. I think the right term would be GREEN WITH ENVY! That looks spectacular and you are indeed fortunate with the wines they chose. Getting a sniff of the Mrs Kirsten’s especially is a rare treat.

  4. Sam

    I know I was Hennie, the wines totally blew me away. :-). I also got to sit next to Eben Sadie for the lunch which was indeed an interesting experience too.

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