Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Apprentice

For 3 weeks I waited in anticipation till I could finally try this place out for myself. I just couldn't believe that this place existed and I didn't know about it! Thank you Helen! So I booked a table for 4 and shouted my sister a belated birthday dinner.

I love the idea of this restaurant; the kitchen is staffed by students aspiring to be chefs and the dining floor by hospitality students. I think it’s so important to show your support for students who may one day go on to become the next Peter Doyle or Guillaume Brahimi.

We entered the restaurant and were greeted warmly by about 12-15 grinning waiters. Our waiter Adam showed us to our table and giggled nervously throughout the night. Despite a few mishaps he was an absolute star and I found him rather endearing.

By 7:00pm it was already dark outside and you could watch the sun set through the big glass windows. The restaurant remained dimly lit with egg shaped lights glowing at each table. Jazz music floated from the speakers in the ceiling just loud enough to cover the quiet chit chat.

The menu changes week by week and today there was a 4 course meal on offer with two glasses of either wine, beer or soft drink all for a mere $35…an absolute bargain! As usual I discreetly snapped away with my trusty camera phone below are some pics from the night.



Appetisers


Seared Kangaroo rump carpaccio with roasted baby beetroot, horseradish cream & watercress


Asian Style swordfish Ceviche with julienne daikon and cucumber salad garnish

Suppli Telefono Crumbed arborio balls filled with cheese peas and herbs

Entree


Beancurd skin pastries with spiced eggplant, spinach and water chestnut

Char-grilled Squid with lime, coriander, mint & mizuna

Mains


Handmade Saffron Linguine with grilled asparagus spears, lemon, garlic & parsley


Herbed Grilled Quail with baby onions, green olives and silver beet

Oven roasted lamb Rump with Tzatziki and an organe and pine nut cous cous

Dessert


Fresh strawberries with Creme Fraiche



Campari and passionfruit sorbet

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart

The verdict - to be absolutely honest some dishes were fantastic whilst others still needed a little work. But all in all it was a great experience with generous servings and lovely people. There is no doubt that I will be back again! So who's coming with me?

The Apprentice
Building E, Level 7,Ultimo College TAFE
Harris Street, Ultimo
Tel: (02) 9217 5527

10 comments:

Dianna said...

meee!!! i want to go with you!! =D

After we do Bei Amici! ;)

lil_lamies said...

Count the twins in too!

Bosco said...

why make me hungry for? at 9am!

helen said...

Oh good work! Boy I love food perving!

The kangaroo carpaccio looks intriguing. And you're right, some dishes could be improved but hey, it's school and it's just great value!

PiCkLeS said...

Di: Forbes & Burton next week!

Nuts: no worries.

Bosco: hahha well don't read it first thing in the morning then! you can guarantee that there will usually be a food entry.

Helen: Great recommendation! My mum ordered the kangaroo and when it arrived i was really shocked that it was so raw. In any case she convinced me to try some and it was actually really nice. It tasted like sashimi and was probably the best appetiser dish of the night.

apprenticefoodie said...

Hi Pickles I was the head chef on Monday night and was wondering if you could give me some specific feedback about what dishes worked and what didn't as a lot of them were my own original recipes. Cheers, Val

PiCkLeS said...

Hi Val,

Wow this message was a bit of a suprise. Did you have an email that I could email you on? I didn't think that you wanted me to post everything here?

Em

apprenticefoodie said...

racveq@hotmail.com

Thanks, I know its a surprise, but Adam your waiter mentioned you had a website and I read Grab Your Fork by AG occasionally and just happened to stumble onto you. Voila!

riss said...

wow, the food looks awesome!
whats the price like?

PiCkLeS said...

Riss: $35 for 4 courses and 2 glasses of wine!