Three-course meal for $35? TAFE’s Dharra Ngurang restaurant open for business

SERVING UP EXPERIENCE: Zachary Bondareff and Amiee Sharp prepared French cuisine for the Dharra Ngurang restaurant on Tuesday, as a part of the certificate three in commercial cookery. Photo: EMILY BENNETT
SERVING UP EXPERIENCE: Zachary Bondareff and Amiee Sharp prepared French cuisine for the Dharra Ngurang restaurant on Tuesday, as a part of the certificate three in commercial cookery. Photo: EMILY BENNETT

FANCY a night out for a bargain price?

There is a restaurant that offers a fine dining experience with a three-course meal for $35.

What’s the catch?

Dharra Ngurang (Wiradjuri language for “eating” out”) is a restaurant run by TAFE Orange commercial cookery and hospitality students and offers different styles of food every Monday and Tuesday night.

The courses are prepared by supervised certificate three commercial cookery students and served by certificate two and three hospitality students.

Supervisor Zachary Bondareff said the courses that were prepared at the restaurant every week were different, which gave students the opportunity to learn and showcase their skills.

“We were given a brief and this week it was French,” he said.

“I’ve invited family members and friends who helped me during my [course].”

Supervisor Amiee Sharp said the practical experience gained from the course and the work in the restaurant was worthwhile.

“Sometimes it’s challenging but it’s a rewarding career,” she said.

“No two days are the same.

“It’s not for the light-hearted.”

Mr Bondareff said the course and practical experience in the restaurant gave him a lot of perspective on the profession as a whole.

“It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” he said.

“As a chef, you’re doing a 15-hour day.”

TAFE tourism and hospitality teacher John Olewicz said the restaurant process provides students with a unique and real-life learning environment, which helps improve their skills and exposes them to a different learning environment than their normal workplaces.

One commercial cookery student chooses the menu each week and offers supervision and guidance to students.

Students learn skills including cooking techniques, plating techniques, service styles, crockery and cutlery used for different courses and how to combine textures and flavours.

The restaurant experience contributes to the students practical experience in order to gain their qualification.

The restaurant is open to the public every Monday and Tuesday night.

To make a booking at the restaurant call 6391 5657.

Visit www.tafewestern.edu.au to find out more about TAFE’s certificate three in commercial cookery and certificate two and three in hospitality courses.

Course outlines and fee information is also available on the website.

You can also find out more information by calling the Dharra Ngurang restaurant on 6391 5777.