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Romantic restaurant a full house night after night

By Patrick Nelson

The “full-house” trend is expected to continue throughout May The “full-house” trend is expected to continue throughout May

The Desert Lantern training restaurant in Alice Springs has recorded a full house of guests on each of its six “trading nights” in April, the opening month of CDU’s restaurant season.

Hospitality lecturer Nick De Silva said that with a maximum 80 bookings on each night, the spacious-yet-romantic restaurant continued to prove as popular as ever with Central Australia’s fine diners.

“It is important for our students to experience the pressure, excitement and dynamics of a full house,” Mr De Silva said.

“It will help them become better organised, more proficient and more professional, which is what guests expect when they attend a fine dining restaurant.”

Mr De Silva said about 70 Vocational Education and Training in Schools students would provide restaurant and bar services at Desert Lantern this semester as they worked towards their Certificate I or II in Hospitality.

“They take the menu and drinks orders and deliver three-course dinners, plated by cookery lecturer Mark Bizley and desserts expert Hayley Tobin,” he said.

Mr De Silva said a further 38 students were enrolled in the Certificate III course and 12 in Certificate IV.

“They will provide table, bar and supervisory services under the direction of either myself or Franco Mure at our Gueridon fine dining restaurant later in the year,” he said.

“The theory and practice they receive through these courses will equip them to hit the ground running should they choose to pursue a career in the restaurant industry.”

Mr De Silva said he was expecting the full house trend to continue throughout May, traditionally the restaurant’s busiest month.

Desert Lantern Restaurant schedule