Today we are enjoying the spoils of hard labor…we’re going to Six Test Kitchen.
Ray and I have always been obsessed with the food scene. Coming from LA it’s hard not to bring that piece of our culture with us to SLO County. We are always starving for the underground food scene. So when we had heard about Six Test Kitchen’s 14-course dining experience it went immediately on our bucket list.
The restaurant is located in Tin City. Go towards Etto Pasta and Tin Canteen, look for the clock tower. Directly across it, you’ll see a discreet black awning with the restaurant’s name.
Upon entering you’ll find 10 chairs with bar seating, your eyes will feast on all the food prepared right before you. We were greeted by their sommelier, Sally. Sally has been a somm for over 10 years and just recently celebrated her anniversary! She explained the wine list to us. You have the option to purchase a bottle, glass or partake in their wine pairing for $75 per person. If you are feeling adventurous, go for the pairing. We tried 8 different wines and they made sure our glasses were never empty (in short, there are wine refills and that makes us happy). If you want a more affordable option, wine bottles can be purchased in the $40 range to as high as almost $300. They carry Saxum so if you want to be a baller get the most expensive bottle on the menu to have it.
There were other diners already seated when we arrived, they had started the meal before us. What is so magical is watching the kitchen as they prepare all the various meals and courses. It’s almost like watching a human metronome – one. two. three. Plates down, dry ice, garnishes, everyone moving in unison with perfect timing. I had just watched “Burnt” on Netflix the night before obviously reality is so far fetched from Hollywood.
Now onto the food. Here are the 12 dishes we had at Six Test Kitchen:
1Squid Ink Chicharrones, Sour Cream
2Smoked Salmon, Dill
3Peach, Mole, Queso Fresco
4Summer Squash, Basil, Anchovy, Sourdough
5Charred Pepper, Smoked Lemon, Lemon Balm
6Tomato, Cucumber, Lemon Verbena
7Petrale Sole, Asparagus, Sauce Béarnaise
8Chicken Liver Pie, Pâte Sablée, Pluot
9Dry Aged New York, Eggplant, Scallion, Bordelaise
10Hani Melon, Preserved Lemon
11Cherry, Hazelnut, Lavender
Caramelized Goat’s Milk, Apricot, Earl Grey
12Black Olive, Nasturtium, Caramel & Candy Cap
Bisol Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.
Vincent Careme Vouvray, 2016
Vouvray AOC, France
Abadia De San CAmpio Albarino, ’18
Rias Baixas, Spain
Rex Hill Pinot Noir, 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Field Recordings Hock, 2017
Chamers Rutherglen Muscat
14 Courses and 6 wines later we are home and going into food coma. Thank you Six Test Kitchen and our friends at Edible SLO for a wonderful meal. Hope to see you at the table soon!
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