Last month for VCH's birthday I took him out to dinner.
I didn't tell him where we were going, only that he had never been there before.
When we got there he was quite surprised.
You see I had taken him to our local TAFE restaurant.
In our town the TAFE students are trained and assessed through a "pop-up" restaurant that has two seasons per year.
They open one night a week, one lunch time a week and one morning a week for about 2 months twice a year- a semester 1 and semester 2 session.
The students are either training to be bar staff, restaurant staff, or are apprentice chefs.
We had such a lovely meal, for such a reasonable price and VCH thought it was such a great concept that we booked in for another dinner out before the restaurant closed up shop until the Semester 2 session.
As you can see in the background, Matt and Kim have been in to help with painting the blinds!
So on Wednesday night, on the very last night the restaurant was open, we went out again,
I took my old camera (canon powershot SX120) that would fit into handbag, rather than my DSLR, along to record the event.
The meal included a complementary cocktail/mocktail upon arrival,
this was the cocktail of the night a mango daiquiri.
A lovely freshly baked bread roll.
The menu is limited to a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains, and 3 desserts.
They cater for special diets, you just have to let them know when you book in.
VCH chose the Quail with Mediterranean Couscous for entree.
I had the Risotto with Pumpkin Fetta and Rocket.
For his main VCH chose the Lamb, Rosemary and Shiraz Pie,
While I had the Herbed Salmon with kipfler potatoes and hollandaise sauce.
The desserts we chose were a Berry Barvois with brandy snap and
a Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie
(I thought the brownie would have been better with a berry coulis, the chocolate sauce with it was a little too rich)
The cost for our 3 course meal, cocktail, bread roll, and tea/coffee was $28 per head,
drinks are extra, but very reasonably priced.
They ask that you complete a questionnaire at the end of your meal, asking for your feedback regards service, presentation, meal etc.
We can't wait until they open up again in the Summer to go back.
Have you ever dined at your local TAFE restaurant or something similar?