William Angliss Institute is well known for training the next generation of Melbourne's chefs and hospitality students, but did you know you can eat lunch and dinner here too?
It's a great way to help out aspiring students, while enjoying a fine dining experience for a fraction of the price. Entrees and desserts are each $8, and mains $19. The menu changes each term, and has vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. The staff will happily accommodate other dietary requirements if advised 48h in advance.
Crispy skinned blue eye and shaved cuttlefish @William Angliss Restaurant
The well-groomed and attentive students politely attend to their guests, from a joyful welcoming greeting upon entry and seating to your table to serving wine and food, and finally a warm farewell at the end of the evening.
Settle in with a round of drinks; there is a good selection of soft drinks and fruit juices, basic spirits, liqueurs, white and red wine, beer and cider, as well as one specialty mocktail and cocktail. I recommend trying the specials - creations by the hospitality staff.
Term one menu options offered tempting entrees such as chicken broth with salmon and shiso dumplings, cured ocean trout, braised beef short rib, or risotto with duck confit and chorizo ragout. For mains, sirloin steak with handcut chips, Chinese roasted duck breast, crispy skin blue-eye, or chestnut flour gnocchi with wild mushrooms. I chose the crispy skinned blue-eye, shaved cuttlefish, coconut curry, and jasmine rice. It was beautifully presented, a substantial proportion, and there were great flavours, though the fish was somewhat overcooked. These are chefs in training, and there is a feedback form at the end of one's meal to rate on food, drink, ambience, and service - I liked the idea, and was delighted with the overall experience.
Poached pear with almond cake with spiced cider ice cream @ William Angliss Restaurant
Decadent desserts for those who had room included choices of baked chocolate brownie, caramelised banana and macadamia ice cream for the sweet tooth, a gluten free option of coconut rice pudding with textures of basil, pineapple and mango, or a warming poached pear with almond cake and spiced cider ice cream. It's difficult to choose only one, and they do taste as wonderful as they look!
Throughout the year, William Angliss Restaurant offers lavish three course buffet lunches and dinners, themed dinners and degustation nights, as well as Christmas lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers seated dining for 150 guests, and is available to hire for functions and events during the school term. Check their website for full details.
The Term two menu is out now, so go on, book in a table of friends for a fine dining experience at a fraction of the price.