Sunday 25 June 2017

Adam Simmonds' The Test Kitchen Pop-up Restaurant on Frith Street, Soho

For the next year Adam Simmonds will be running The Test Kitchen at 54 Frith Street, formerly the site of a Barrafina.  It's small - 23 covers - and Adam will be using it to showcase his cooking, learned at Le Gavroche, Manoir aux Quat'saisons, plus Ynshir Hall Hotel in Wales and Danesfield House in Marlow where he earned his two Michelin stars.  It's open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner à la carte, alongside a £29 four-dish set lunch menu.  This one is already very busy!

"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.
With a one year lease (on the former Barrafina site) and only 23 covers, expect high demand and truly inventive cooking from a chef whose culinary journey has resulted in two Michelin stars and a place in The Good Food Guide, putting Adam on their ‘chefs to watch’ list.
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.
The Food
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.
The Wine
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.
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."

When - Open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner à la carte, alongside a £29 four-dish set lunch menu.

Where - Test Kitchen, 54 Frith St, Soho, W1D 4SL

Reservations: or telephone 020 7734 8487.


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Link - Test Kitchen

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