Saturday, April 27, 2013

Unassuming meals at The ART restaurant

Oh.... it's so boring in the north west thought Cuchi.... It might seem so due to the fact that a lot of cool places are located in the central part of the island. However, Cute Cute remembered spotting the signage of a restaurant near Upper Bukit Timah Road, Bukit Panjang area. The signage was plastered on a makeshift board in front of Assumption Pathway School and on further investigation, it seems like there is a restaurant in the school compound. Hmm... the Lion's curiosity was piqued. The restaurant is called The ART (Assumption Restaurant for Training) and it is actually a training restaurant for students!
Lush surroundings at The ART restaurant
The Art is sequestered in the Assumption Pathway School and one might have a wee bit of problem finding the restaurant as it sits on an elevated plain. Nevertheless, the Lions managed to find The Art along with friends of theirs, Ms Body Beautiful, Stevie Wonder and Mr Darlee.

Spacious and airy, The Art sits around 70 diners and the student wait staff have plenty of room to maneuver around easily. The Art is a training restaurant that provides a realistic working environment for Assumption Pathway School students who are specialising in food preparation & service and baking. A semi-fine dining restaurant with an al fresco option, The Art serves local and Western cuisine. Once Lions and friends were seated, they scanned through the menu and did their ordering.
Soup of the day: Mushroom Soup.

For lunch, The Art has a set menu with a variety of main courses to choose from. Good thing the Lions came with their friends so they had a range of main courses to try.
Quesadilla (Chicken)
This dish is one of The Art's specialty dishes. The portion of the quesadilla was huge and the filling inside was generous.

Grilled Cajun Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce
Now this was another gem. The cajun chicken with tangy lemon butter sauce paired very well with the butter rice. 

Salmon and Mushroom Pasta
When this dish appeared, the Lions were surprised at the generous portion of salmon served. The overall presentation also scored extra brownie points. Overall the pasta deliciously creamy but not overtly heavy. 
Dessert and coffee/tea came with the set lunch. But wait, despite Lions and friends being too stuffed for words, they eyed the Dessert Platter greedily and sipped on a few refreshing specialty drinks as well. 

Dessert Platter
The dessert platter consisted of 5 different kinds of bakes all lovingly prepared from scratch back in the kitchen. The cakes were a steal at $5 accompanied by a hot cup of coffee/tea.
Cute Cute managed to snap photos of the huge kitchen of The Art. Diners are able to watch the students working in keen concentration through a glass panel.

The al fresco side of The Art that overlooks the vast green field of Assumption Pathway School.

Oooo... they sell souvenirs too!
The Art restaurant is a wonderful place to have your lunch and at the same time, contribute to a good cause. Patrons also have the option of actually making a direct donation to the school. The Art restaurant opens during weekdays from 12noon to 4pm (school days to be exact) so do make reservations before heading down.

Here is our review for The Art Restaurant:

Food Quality: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 8.5 pawprints out of 10

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

The Art Restaurant
30 Cashew Road Singapore 679697
Tel No : 6892 6187

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