In a quiet, unassuming area in Makati, Bistro Group executive chef Josh Boutwood is pushing the envelope with regard to food and great dining. In the daytime, it’s the Bistro Academy, the Bistro Group’s training and incubation centre for young people seeking careers in the restaurant industry. But when 4pm rolls around, everything changes.
“It’s still a learning kitchen,” Boutwood explains. “But, by four in the afternoon, we turn it into a dining room.”
This is The Test Kitchen, a place that offers a rather unique, even novel, dining experience for those seeking something completely different from what’s currently on in the local dining scene. Here, Boutwood takes a whimsical, rather adventurous approach to cooking. “What we do here in the evenings is not what we test for our restaurants during the day,” he says.
The Test Kitchen’s concept is loosely based on omakase, the Japanese way of putting one’s self into the chef ’s hands, allowing him to be as creative and innovative with the ingredients and techniques used for the meal. That said, there is no set menu: diners place their trust entirely in Boutwood and his team. In doing so, they get to explore more flavours, colours, and textures than they are used to.
In truth, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Boutwood is pushing things till they border on insanity—but a delicious sort of insanity, for that matter.
To know more about what goes on in The Test Kitchen, read the full story in the latest edition of Philippine Tatler. Grab a copy from any leading newsstand or bookstore or download it on your digital device via Magzter, Zinio, or Pressreader | The Test Kitchen is at 9780 Kamagong St, San Antonio Village, Makati. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +63917.304.1570.