To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with The Assumption Restaurant for Training, also known as The ART, prior to this meal there.
Some background information: The training restaurant was launched in April 2011 within the premises of Assumption Pathway School (APS).
Assumption Pathway School is a Catholic educational institution aimed to transform and empower students who are unable to access or complete mainstream secondary education.
It is one of two specialised schools (the other being Northlight School) in Singapore for students who are unable to move on to secondary school because of their PSLE results. APS also takes in students who have dropped out of secondary schools.
It provides the young who may have challenges academically or attending school, with an opportunity in life.
For The ART, it provides a realistic working environment for APS students in Hospitality Services to put their skills and knowledge to practice.
Getting to The ART can be slightly tricky. From the Bukit Timah Road entrance, you navigate your way from the guardhouse, through the canteen, up a flight of stairs and you will be presented with this view.
On typical weekdays, The ART serves 3-course Set Lunch from 12 – 3pm ($13.50 Nett), High Tea Set from 3 – 5 pm ($5.00 Nett) and beverages.
As an additional note, the restaurant does not serve pork and lard on any occasion.
To allow students to be trained to serve in different settings, The ART has expanded its evening dining options.
On Fridays (during school term), Set Dinners or a Porridge Buffet (priced at $12 Nett, $9 Nett for children 5-12, Senior Citizens above 62) will be presented.
Good initiative, so students learn to cook more Asian-style dishes, and in bulk.
So perhaps some of you may be wondering… is the food ‘student-quality’? Actually, I was pleasantly surprised with both the variety and quality of the dishes.
There was a respectable line-up of dishes from Braised Duck, Steamed Sotong, Curry Chicken, Fried Ikan Selar, Chye Por Neng, Stewed Beancurd, Sambal Long Bean and others.
The Stir-Fried Sesame Chicken, Brinjal with Minced Meat and Sambal Long Bean stood out for me with their homely flavours. Most of the dishes were also not overly oily, such as the fried omelette and chicken, and therefore you could have your second or thirds without that greasy feeling.
The Porridge Buffet is happening the last Friday of every month.
Porridge lovers can show the students your support by making reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org, also to get them better prepared (on numbers), or just in case they would be fully subscribed. By the way, kudos to the administrators and teachers who put this together. Appreciate your work.
30 Cashew Road, Singapore 679697
Tel: +65 6892 6187 (During The ART operating hours)
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Mon – Thu), 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Fri).
*Special Porridge Buffet dinner on last Friday of each month, Set dinner on other Fridays