Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wetherill Park Tafe - The Restaurant

My friend Dabinh told me about this restaurant, which is located at the TAFE that she works at. After about 2 months we finally got seated for lunch (after a few cancellations and postponing).

The Restaurant is run with the students of the Tourism block, a chance for them to experience first hand how it feels to work in the industry - i think this is a great idea!

I know a friend of a friend (as cliche as that sounds i am not making this up lolz) that has dined at the restaurant every fortnight on a Friday night for the last EIGHT years. WOW i know. Their dinners and lunch days vary, each month there are only specific days that they take bookings, i'll leave some details at the end of the post on how you can find this out.

bread roll with butter

Dabinh said usually the rol is warm but today it seems that we got our one cold. And cold was the butter as well, too cold to spread with :(

love the flower decoration!

entree: pumpkin basil and feta cheese tart

My friend is a vegetarian, so they made up a separate dish for her. A simple kind of tart, no dressing on the pumpkin and feta it seemed, and the pastry slightly cracked and dry, the olive oil and balsamic vinegar would've been better in the tart rather then decorated on the plate.

entree: bucatini with garlic prawns

The size of my entree was medium sized, i had 3 large prawns, and was fascinated at the type of pasta it came with - bucatini (thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center). The sauce could've been thicker as i found it a bit plain, but the pasta was cooked al dente.

main: olive and sundried tomato pasta

This pasta dish wasnt as dry, but as a vegetarian main, i think some more ingredients could've been added. Dabinh enjoyed it though, and the serving was massive!

main: salmon with satay coconut sauce and citrus mash

My main was the last to come out, i liked the arrangement and the coconut satay sauce - i wish i had more! It was delicious i loved the flavors and my salmon was cooked well. The citrus mash paired well with the salty sweet sauce, i really enjoyed it :)

dessert: little mango served with fresh cream

We decided to share dessert since the entree and mains were quite big, the pool of caramel/toffee sauce was sticky and sweet, underneath the layers of mango was a semolina based cake i think. A really simple dessert which we both enjoyed.

All entrees mains and desserts were $6 each (a bargain totally!), and i was very full from lunch, when i got back to my desk i was in food coma sleepy mode hehehe. I'd love to come back for dinner one night, at $25 it won't affect the wallet much!

The Restaurant offers dinner, which is 3 courses for $25.

Contact the restaurant for enquiries and available dates through

Elizabeth McDermott:
Phone: 02 9829 9740


Vivian - vxdollface said...

Wow that is such great value!!

Hovkonditorn said...

Everything looks so delicious!

Anna said...

8 years! Now that is dedication. I can see why they would love this place, the dishes look wonderful!

lateraleating said...

Food looks great and prices are bloody cheap! I wish I lived closer!

Christine said...

what a cool idea that its run by the students - a great opportunity for them to get some experience!

beautiful photos and i love the job they did with plating everything up!

joey@FoodiePop said...

Interesting place for a restaurant! The food looks quite good too, especially the pumpkin tart.

Nic@diningwithastud said...

Good value but seems a little hit and miss?

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That's great value Betty-great discovery! :D

msihua said...

That is such great value! Considering it's cooked by students (so you're forewarned about quality) but it's still amazing value!

Cassandra @aperfectpantry said...

I keep meaning to do this. I am a vegetarian too and we always get delt the short straw! Always pasta. For such a low price though, you can't really go wrong.

crustabakes said...

Wow, that seems like a nice, big, satisfying meal!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What lovely food and gorgeous clicks!



Tina said...

Good food at a low price-that will bring people running! Looks like quite an enjoyable meal. Love you pics they have a clean, sharp appearance.

JasmyneTea said...

Good value for what you paid! Shame about the little things that didn't go right though. What a good idea!

minibites said...

wow what a good concept! It's a shame that so many restaurants don't put in as much effort in their vego options.. :(

Cooking Gallery said...

The foods look good, I especially like the pasta with garlic prawns, yum...!!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Betty I had to read this twice to be sure of the prices. Very very reasonable. The bucantini is my favorite and calls for a little spice or umph. The tart looks unfinished, but other than that, I would frequent the place for those prices.

sugarpuffi said...

$6? thats crazy good value! wowowow i should definitely visit!