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The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen on Virgin Voyages cruise ships
The Test Kitchen on Virgin Voyages cruise ships © Photo by Virgin Voyages®

About The Test Kitchen

Providing a unique and inventive culinary adventure, The Test Kitchen on Virgin Voyages is more than just a restaurant; it’s an immersion into the creative process of cooking. Inspired by the famed cookbook ‘Ma Cuisine’ by Auguste Escoffier, The Test Kitchen encourages guests to think of dining as a gastronomic experiment, offering a fixed seasonal tasting menu that’s as educational as it is delicious.

Ambiance and Theme

Designed to mirror a science laboratory, The Test Kitchen reflects its educational and experimental ethos with a creative, science-themed decor. It’s one of the most talked-about spots on the ship, as much for its bold concept as for its innovative cuisine. Only two seatings are available each night due to its popularity, so reservations should be made as early as possible.

The Test Kitchen Experience

The menu at The Test Kitchen is far from ordinary, featuring playful, inventive dishes that are both visually impressive and taste tantalizing. The dining concept invites guests to experiment with unique combinations of flavors and textures, making for an exciting culinary adventure.

Given that it’s a tasting menu, guests should not feel obliged to finish or even enjoy everything. Some dishes may challenge your palate, like the blue cheese ice cream, and that’s part of the fun. But the surprises along the journey are the key to the Test Kitchen’s charm. Two particular standout dishes include the scallops and a mysterious, yet delectable chocolate dessert.

The Test Kitchen Menus and Drinks Pairing

There are two different menus that The Test Kitchen alternates between halfway through the voyage. You can get more information about the menus from Sailor Services. The Test Kitchen also offers an excellent value wine pairing, a great way to kickstart an evening. Guests can use their on-board Bar Tab on this option, which is a fantastic use of it.

As the dishes are all-inclusive, don’t hesitate to ask for more of any dish that particularly delights you. It’s an opportunity to savor the flavors and textures that make The Test Kitchen a unique dining experience.

Test Kitchen alternates between two menus with a third being introduced later this year.

Download Menu A

Download Menu B

Download Drinks Menu

Note: Availability and pricing is subject to change. If you notice any changes please let us know via our contact form


The Test Kitchen is not just for the adventurous eaters; it’s for anyone who’s open to trying something new. Many passengers may initially be hesitant due to the unfamiliar concept, but it’s important to remember that a cruise offers the best opportunity to explore new foods. If you find a dish is not to your liking, you can simply order something else at no extra cost.

In short, The Test Kitchen is an exceptional, unconventional dining experience that encourages guests to venture outside their comfort zone. With its innovative menu, science-lab theme, and inviting atmosphere, The Test Kitchen truly epitomizes culinary adventure. Be sure to bring an open mind and an empty stomach!

About the author

Co-Founder and Director. David has a background in web design and development and writes travel content, vacation guides and tips about Virgin Voyages.

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