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Six Test Kitchen: Paso Robles

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:

Squid Ink Chicharrones, Sour Cream

Crispy…salty deliciousness. I need 20 more, please.

Smoked Salmon, Dill

Delicate, crispy crepe on the outside filled with smooth creamy salmon inside. I need a tray of these.

Peach, Mole, Queso Fresco

Sweet peaches with a savory finish. One bite. The kinda popsicle I like.

Summer Squash, Basil, Anchovy, Sourdough

Fresh and crunchy summer squash smothered in cheesy goodness. I would like the sauce to go please.

Charred Pepper, Smoked Lemon, Lemon Balm

Refreshing and smokey all at once

Tomato, Cucumber, Lemon Verbena

Summer in my mouth. This aoli is everything…

Petrale Sole, Asparagus, Sauce Béarnaise

One of the most perfectly cooked pieces of fish I’ve ever had in my life…

Chicken Liver Pie, Pâte Sablée, Pluot

Smooth, creamy pâte on a delicate thin pie crust

Dry Aged New York, Eggplant, Scallion, Bordelaise

Melt in our mouth tender juicy steak, hello.

Hani Melon, Preserved Lemon

Honeydew and cantaloupe had a baby named Hani…

Cherry, Hazelnut, Lavender

Since when did lavender taste so good?

Caramelized Goat’s Milk, Apricot, Earl Grey

What is this magic? It tasted like mochi from heaven.

Black Olive, Nasturtium, Caramel & Candy Cap

New respect for shrooms…

Wine Pairing

Bisol Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.
Valdobbiadene, Italy

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
Central Coast

Chamers Rutherglen Muscat
Victoria, Australia

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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