Student-managed and operated fine dining restaurant, William Blue Dining located in The Rocks, is a hands-on training ground for students of William Blue College of Hospitality Management and has developed a reputation for delivering exceptional, friendly service together with a first-class three-course menu created by upcoming industry professionals and chefs-in-training under expert supervision – for just $43. We came here for dinner one night, keen to try it out
To start, we were served Complimentary house bread with pepe saya butter and alto olive oil. The bread was a touch dry but I enjoyed it when melted with butter and dipped in olive oil.
For our entrees we tried the Spanner crab and prawn remoulade, pickled kohlrabi, smoked mussels, samphire and shellfish espurna. I really enjoyed this dish, the flavours of the crab and prawn came together really nicely, definitely lots of seafood elements going on here.
The other entree we tried was the Twice cooked pork belly with waldorf salad and sherry jus. I loved this entree, the pork belly was so tender and fatty and the salad was nice and crisp.
For our mains, we ordered the Herb gnocchi with oyster mushrooms, tuscan cabbage, garden peas, mushroom cappuccino. The gnocchi was freshly made and was so soft and the mushrooms added great flavour, this was one amazing vegetarian dish.
The second main was the Pan roast duck breast, leek and mushroom pithivier, parsnip fondant, buttered silverbeet, lentils du puy. I loved this dish, the duck breast was so juicy and tender and nicely complemented by the vegetables.
For dessert we tried the Dark chocolate delice with burnt white chocolate, marshmallow whip, peanut butter brittle, turkish delight. This was such an intricate and delicious dessert, the delice was smooth and rich, nicely balanced out by the crunchy brittle and smooth marshmallow whip.
The second dessert was the Pecan pie with buttermilk whipped cream, pumpkin spice ice cream, candied pecans. This was delicious and nutty, and the pumpkin spice ice cream was the perfect winter flavour.
Overall, William Blue Dining is a great concept that delivers great food at good prices and allows student chefs to put their learning and knowledge into practical experience. I could not tell that the food was cooked by students at all, definitely value for money and a great experience!
Love at First Bite dined as guests of Falzon PR and William Blue. All opinions are my own.