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Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius is delighted to announce a new culinary partnership with The Test Kitchen, an internationally acclaimed fine dining destination, awarded “22nd Best Restaurant in the World” in 2016, based in Cape Town, South Africa. Set to further cement the resort’s position as Mauritius’ leading dining hotspots, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa will host The Test Kitchen for six weeks, from the 12 April – 26 May 2018 at the Republik Beach Club & Grill.  

During the partnership, guests will be invited to experience a unique culinary journey curated by The Test Kitchen’s award-winning, Chef-Patron Luke Dale Roberts. A name synonymous with the creative and innovative food in Africa, Roberts will be bringing his outstanding gourmet experience to the shores of Shangri-La’s Le Tousserok Resort & Spa with a tapas menu and a five course menu, of which two variations will be available at different dates, reflecting his journey around the world, and specially curated to showcase Mauritian spices and flavours. The pristine white beaches of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa will provide a stunning backdrop for this once in a lifetime experience which will see Roberts and his stellar team of 17, share their expert techniques and passion for flavour alongside the resort’s chefs. To further heighten this gourmet experience, guests will also be treated to tableside cocktail blending.   

Described as a “world class dining destination that is worthy of a flight” by the prestigious JHP Gourmet Guide and awarded both “Best Restaurant in Africa” as well as “22nd Best Restaurant in the World” in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2016, The Test Kitchen has an international appeal. Diners from across the globe travel to South Africa to experience Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’s unique culinary journey of 21 courses, innovatively presented on a ‘Food Map’. This April, for the first time, the restaurant is taking its gastronomic adventure to new heights, by launching its first ever international outpost, The Test Kitchen Mauritius, at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. The special collaboration will give food lovers the chance to sample The Test Kitchen’s famed cuisine on the paradisiacal shores of the iconic Mauritian property.   

Opened by award-winning Chef Luke Dale Roberts in 2010, The Test Kitchen consists of a Dark Room and a Light Room both of which are only open for dinner. Dining at the restaurant is a true culinary journey, commencing in The Dark Room, with a snack menu paired with curated cocktails followed by a 5-course gourmand menu in The Light Room. It is within The Dark Room that guests are presented with a ‘Food Map’ on a parchment scroll informing them of the culinary treasures they are about to taste shortly followed by the arrival of the first of the five Dark Room dishes. The Light Room is an airier and more formal room with a menu that reflects internationally acclaimed Chef-Patron Luke Dale Roberts’s journey around the world. Signature dishes include the Peruvian ceviche harking back to the months Roberts spent travelling through South America as well as a ‘Billionaire’s Shortbread’ as a nod to the chef’s love of Scotland. To echo The Test Kitchen’s Dark Room and Light Room, guests will start their evening at the Republik Bar area to enjoy the tapas menu with cocktails as associated with the Dark Room. They will then continue their gastronomic journey at the beachfront restaurant, for a five-course gourmand menu in tribute to the iconic restaurant’s Light Room. 

As well as Republik Beach Club & Grill, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is also home to six other trendy restaurants and bars with cutting-edge dining concepts, vibrant atmospheres and artistic collaborations. The hotel also boasts two swimming pools, an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, a kids’ club and CHI, The Spa focusing on indigenous and holistic wellness. The resort features Ilot Mangénie; a private island exclusively accessible to resort’s guests as well as three iconic beach villas which come replete with dedicated teams of staff.  

The Test Kitchen Mauritius experience is priced at MUR 3,500 per person, including a snack menu of four dishes served tapas style in the Dark Room and a five-course gourmand menu in the Light Room.