The Test Kitchen Overview
At The Test Kitchen on Virgin Voyages, Sailors can indulge in a culinary experience inspired by the legendary Auguste Escoffier’s “Ma Cuisine.” This part laboratory, part restaurant is a haven for the gastronomically curious mind… (or… mouth?).
Sailors can participate in cooking classes, savor ever-changing tasting menus, and mingle in a social, educational setting. It’s a unique blend of science and dining, perfect for those eager to experiment with their palate and push the boundaries of traditional flavors.
Here’s a peek at Test Kitchen’s menu highlights:
Dinner Menu Highlights
This is a tricky one because the whole premise of The Test Kitchen is to always be innovating. Rather than a menu, you’ll get a list of ingredients for a 6-course meal.
Here’s an example of the ingredient list:
- Blue Cheese
I was on The Scarlet Lady during Thanksgiving so “venison/beef” had been replaced by “turkey/beef” and “chocolate” had been replaced with “pumpkin”.
Drink Menu Highlights
In The Test Kitchen, cocktails are called “concoctions” and the name is justified. Here are examples:
- Bergamot Apéritif — Bergamot Liqueur, Dry Vermouth, and Club Soda
- Martini Rouge — Aquavit, Lillet Rouge, and Peychauds
- Apple (non-alcoholic) —Chamomile, Elderflowers Tonic, Honey, and Cider
There are no premium items in The Test Kitchen food menu at this time (changes may occur). The drinks menu includes a selection of breakfast smoothies and numerous signature cocktails, beers, and wine in the Razzle Dazzle After Dark menu.
Service and Atmosphere
Type of Service
The Test Kitchen is Virgin Voyages’ take on a Michelin-starred modern cuisine concept, offering a six-course meal with a focus on primary ingredients rather than a detailed menu. The dishes are designed to be a delightful mystery, which enhances the dining experience by removing preconceived expectations. Unless you’re dining with a large group, it’s fun to sit at a counter and watch the kitchen staff working.
Virgin Voyage’s dress code is “whatever makes you feel like the best version of yourself.” And while they don’t enforce dress codes, resort casual for the evening seems to be the norm among Sailors, especially those dining at Test Kitchen, Extra Virgin, The Wake, and Pink Agave; Gunbae and Razzle Dazzle are more casual in comparison.
The Test Kitchen has a laboratory-inspired ambiance with bright lights, metal tables, and chrome accents, creating a contemporary and polished environment.
Hours of Operation
The Test Kitchen is only open for dinner, thought there might be events and classes there at other times. The hours of operation vary depending on the day of the week or your cruise itinerary.
- Dinner is from 5:45pm or 6:00pm until 10:00pm
Check the schedule on your specific cruise by logging on to the Virgin Voyages app, then clicking on Discover — Ship Spaces — Eateries.
Reservations are recommended for The Test Kitchen on Virgin Voyages, though not required. It’s a big restaurant and not as popular as some of the others so there’s a good chance you can get a table as a walk-in but be sure to go early and ask the staff — you might be able to get a reservation for later.
- Plate, Snap, Eat: Culinary Plating and Foodie Photography Workshop. It’s $35 and you can book onboard.
- Cocktail Pairing: For an additional fee of $35, sailor can enjoy a cocktail or wine pairing with each course. These pairings are thoughtfully selected to complement the dishes, enhancing the overall dining experience. A Mocktail Pairing is also available.