30 May 2017
Get ready for an exciting gastronomic journey – Adam Simmonds has arrived in the big smoke with his Soho pop-up – The Test Kitchen on Frith Street.
The Test Kitchen is exactly what it says on the tin – there is no set genre and the menu is a moveable feast that evolves and develops, based on guest feedback, in preparation for Adam’s first permanent London restaurant next year.
Inventive dishes reveal Adam’s incredible attention to detail and his passion for unusual and surprising flavour combinations. Quail is paired with English asparagus, sunflower seeds and lardo; red mullet with green strawberries and green tomatoes; and pheasant egg with kohlrabi, girolles and truffle. Vegetarian dishes are dialled up with white asparagus, Linzer potatoes, caviar and whey; whilst desserts feature equally interesting ingredients like Charentais melon with black olive and saffron; or yeast parfait with lychee and puffed rice.
The Test Kitchen isn’t just a theatre for your tastebuds – the restaurant brings drama direct to the diner. Counter seating, overlooking the completely open plan kitchen, gives you full view of and direct access to Adam and his brigade – share four or five plates each whilst watching the culinary story unfold and debating dishes with The Test Kitchen team.
Many of London’s upscale venues have intimidating wine lists with even more intimidating prices. Not so at The Test Kitchen. The restaurant’s 31-strong wine list is approachable and affordable, while still standing up to the menu. For connoisseurs of the grape, there’s a wine ledger featuring a limited selection of fine and rare wines. The ledger is ever-changing and once a wine has gone it’s gone – catch it while you can.
With a one year lease (on the former Barrafina site) and only 23 covers, expect high demand and truly inventive cooking from a twice Michelin-awarded chef whose culinary journey has resulted in The Good Food Guide putting Adam on their ‘chefs to watch’ list.
The Star of the Show
With Michelin stars under his belt and a spot in the finals of The Great British Menu, it’s safe to say that Adam is a chef with real ambition. After apprenticing at Le Gavroche, he trained under some of the biggest names in the culinary world before taking on a role at Manoir aux Quat’saisons under Raymond Blanc. Adam achieved his first Michelin star as Head Chef at Ynshir Hall Hotel in Wales before moving on to Danesfield House in Marlow where he gained a star for the second time, which the restaurant held for three consecutive years.
Front of House
The interiors reflect the developing nature of the restaurant; animated mirrors line the walls with ingredients and dish development ideas playfully sketched across them. Floor-to-ceiling front windows, comfortable black leather stools and a marble counter create an environment that’s engaging, interactive and informal.
Play your part in Adam’s experimental extravaganza as he embarks on the next stage of his culinary journey to create a menu, tested by you (the diner), for his permanent London restaurant. Welcome aboard!
Open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner à la carte, alongside a £29 four-dish set lunch menu. Reservations: www.testkitchen.co.uk or telephone 020 7734 8487.
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22 May 2017
The Test Kitchen
54 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SL
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