Acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds has recently launched his latest venture in the heart of Soho. The Test Kitchen on Frith Street is a unique 12-month pop-up where the culinary wizard, a finalist on the Great British Menu TV show, will trial new dishes and develop original flavour concepts based on guest feedback. With just 23 seats, the restaurant has an air of exclusivity, and its simple decor allows the dishes to shine. On your visit, the frequently-changing menu might offer salt-baked swede with goat’s cheese, cod with morels and broad beans, and heritage tomato with burrata, olive and courgette. Each dish is more tantalising than the last, and be sure to try the more unusual options – the yeast parfait with lychee and puffed rice is a reward in itself.
Adopting no set genre, Simmonds is free to focus on what he does best – pair tastes that might sound conflicting but end up blending harmoniously to create a truly memorable meal. The attentive and friendly staff members go the extra mile to ensure that guests are looked after and that their notes on the plates are taken on board. The staff are also adept at suggesting wines from the hand-selected list which, with 31 bottles on offer, is focused and concise yet still brings out the best of the menu. For sommeliers-in-training or those visiting for a special occasion, an additional ledger of fine and rare wines is available, with many only appearing for a limited time, so enjoy them while you can.
In addition to being one of a select few to enjoy The Test Kitchen’s dishes, every diner can leave knowing they have played a part in the selection of the menu for Simmonds’s permanent restaurant, which will open next year. For a dining experience with a difference, The Test Kitchen is a must-visit.
The Test Kitchen, 54 Frith Street, London W1D 4SL, +44 (0)20 7734 8487