Six Test Kitchen chefs
Six Test Kitchen puts on the best fine dining experience in Paso Robles. (Keys 2 the Coast photo)
  • Six Test Kitchen puts on the best fine dining experience in Paso Robles.
  • Another group of satisifed — and full — customers.
  • Squid ink chicharron with smoked cream.
  • Chicken liver pie with rhubarb and elder flower.
  • Definitely not your average wild fennel milkshake.
  • The candy cap is a delicious caramel wrapped in a bay leaf.

Six Test Kitchen is a Setting Unlike Anything I Have Experienced

Six Test Kitchen puts on the best fine dining experience in Paso Robles.

Food That Delights the Senses

Attention to Detail

Service Extraordinaire

Save Room for Delectable Deserts



Six Test Kitchen is a Foodies Dream


By Donna Polizzi


Six Test Kitchen is a dining experience like no other, in the heart of Paso Robles. The food and sophistication are astounding, and even the most experienced, well-traveled foodie will be impressed and thrilled as each course is presented.

The restaurant at 3075-B Blue Rock Road features a beautiful wood bar wrapped around a stainless-steel kitchen, where culinary magicians prepare an extraordinary 14-course meal of one-of-a-kind dishes. It is both visual art and a delicious taste sensation.

Watching chef Ricky Odbert choreograph dinner creations reminded me of a mad scientist at work, whipping up masterpieces just a few feet away.

Just observing his teamwork and synchronized harmony was a show in itself. Each dish is placed in front of each guest in unison. Every moment is intense, exciting and your senses come alive with the anticipation of what’s next.

I’ll give you a taste of the dishes that wowed us, but know that the menu changes continuously, depending on the seasons and local offerings. Everything about your night out at Six Test Kitchen is exciting, and worth the price of admission.

As with most Michelin-starred restaurants, expect to pay about $200 per person and an extra $75 per person to add wine pairing for your guests.

The meticulous attention to detail by the team of chefs is awe-inspiring. To be that precise, with that level of attention, is remarkable, and the proof is in the, well, in the cooking.

The opportunity to watch the chefs as they are creating only enhances the anticipation quotient.

The squid ink chicharrons with smoked cream was a great twist on a classic dish. This was the first course we were served and all of us were amazed.

After a few more sensational courses, however, there was one that really caught our attention. We were served the ajo blanco, celery and almond with green, strawberry cold soup. When many people think of soup, they think that it must be warm. Not in this case. This cold soup was delicious and refreshing.

This was a great segue into our main courses of the meal.

Dining in style and being treated like stars is what you can be expect at Six Test Kitchen. If you’ve opted to include wine pairings with your exquisite courses, your taste buds will do a happy dance.

Each of us was given an amazing-looking tart with the most beautiful colors. It was a chicken liver pie with rhubarb and elder flower, and it was exceptional.

One of my most favorite desserts was the wild fennel milkshake, which was not served in a glass but on a stick.

At the end of the stick was a white chocolate-coated sphere. We were instructed to place the spheres in our mouths and pull them out fast. With our eyebrows raised, Odbert insisted this was how you ate this dessert. It just melted in your mouth, as if you had just taken a sip from a milkshake.

Our last dessert was a candy cap, a caramel wrapped in a bay leaf. The presentation of this dessert was amazing, satisfied the palate and offered a perfect amount of crunch.

We can’t stress enough how much you need to experience Six Test Kitchen. It will dazzle and delight you.

Six Test Kitchen is available Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only. Click here to contact Odbert for reservations or for more information.

— Donna Polizzi is a travel writer and founder of Keys 2 the Coast, a trusted travel resource for the Central Coast and beyond, including sharing favorite places to “Wine, Dine and Explore.” She can be contacted at Connect with Keys 2 the Coast on Facebook. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are her own.