Glenferrie Road’s best kept dining secret revealed!

Located towards the top end of iconic Glenferrie Road in Kew, The Terrace Restaurant has been dishing up exceptional formal dining experiences for close to three decades.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, garden outlook and ever-changing menu inspired by the world’s many cultures and cooking styles, it’s an establishment with all the ingredients of a respected Melbourne food institution.

Yet there’s something unique about The Terrace Restaurant: it’s operated by a team of students in Years 11 and 12 at MLC.

As the practical component of MLC’s VCE VET Hospitality course, The Terrace Restaurant features a fully equipped commercial kitchen and ambient adjoining dining room. Guided by MLC’s highly experienced Hospitality and Home Economics staff, students devise menus, ready the restaurant for service and prepare and serve all food and beverages.

Lunches are prepared by Year 12 students and are served on alternating Thursdays and Fridays during Terms 1, 2 and 3. Afternoon high tea is served every second Wednesday between 2.30 – 3.30 pm during Term time and is prepared by Year 11 students. The Terrace Restaurant is licensed and serves alcohol at lunch.

“The experience of running The Terrace Restaurant upskills our students for casual employment or even a dedicated career in the hospitality sector,” explains Hospitality Studies Team Leader, Vicky Manos. “From time management to teamwork to understanding how a real business operates – these are all skills that are transferable across a wide range of careers.”

Students working in The Terrace Restaurant qualify with a Certificate II in Hospitality or a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, which stands them in good stead after they leave MLC, irrespective of the path they choose to follow.
Budding student chefs develop their ability to use various cooking methods and to create dishes using a wide range of local and international ingredients.

“As Melbourne’s food scene has evolved, we have focused more on the stories behind each dish,” explains Vicky. “Guests enjoy hearing about the provenance of the food and the way it’s been cooked to bring out the best flavours.”

Guest chefs also make regular appearances at The Terrace Restaurant, and these special events are always popular.

“This year we’ve been fortunate to have Michelle Rogerson from Ocha and Daniel Wilson from Huxtaburger join us in the kitchen and help students prepare and serve their signature dishes.”

Previous guest chefs have included Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino), Shane Delia (Maha) and Teage Ezard (The Adelphi).

The Terrace Restaurant has also produced its very own celebrity chef in 2016 Masterchef contestant, Nicolette Stathopoulos (2014).

For very affordable prices (entrees and desserts are $8, main courses $15 and high tea $12), diners at The Terrace Restaurant deliver consistent praise.

“We’ve had our afternoon teas regularly compared to the likes of the Windsor and the Langham. It’s a testament to the students’ rigorous training and professional approach that they receive regular compliments on everything from the food to the mocktails to the amazing coffee.”

“If we weren’t located on the grounds of the College, you’d never guess The Terrace Restaurant was run by school students – they do a very professional job.”

To book, visit our Terrace Restaurant information page.