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Meet the new Head Chef at the Garden Dining Room at Bethanie on the Park – Caron Buckler

Have you been down to enjoy the new menu down at the Garden Dining Room at Bethanie on the Park? It is the hot topic around the site! They have a newly refurbished restaurant, a brand spanking new menu and a fantastic new Head Chef.

The fantastic new lunch menu includes freshly prepared meals at affordable prices. A main meal will set you back just $15, and if you want to treat yourself, you can add in dessert for just $5 extra.

Come on down and try it out for yourself – it is open to both residents and visitors Monday – Friday for lunch.

Here, we have a chat to the Head Chef, Caron Buckler…

How long have you worked at Bethanie on the Park’s Garden Dining Room?

This is my fourth week.

How did you select each of the tantalising dishes on the new menu?

Before I became the Head Chef, I worked in the old restaurant as a relief Chef. During this time, I had the chance to speak with the residents, and get some feedback on what they liked and disliked about the menu. It was a great opportunity for me to understand how we could take the menu up a notch. Now we have a great mix of classic dishes and some fresh spring-time options. There really is something to suit everyone’s taste.

You can check out the full menu online here.

Are there any classic staples on the menu that customers keep coming back for?

A crowd favourite would absolutely have to be the roast we put on every Wednesday. We like to change the roast we offer each week for some variety. The other favourite that goes down a treat is the seafood basket we offer on Fridays.

We also have had rave reviews on some of the newer options on the menu which haven’t been offered before such as the slow roasted scotch fillet and the crispy skinned salmon that is offered on alternate Mondays.

I really wanted the Garden Dining Room to be a place where people would love to come to sit, socialise and relax over a delicious meal. To ensure customers are receiving the full restaurant experience, we have also started providing bread rolls on each table, so people are comfortable relaxing in the restaurant for an extended time to create a more vibrant buzz.

Are there any plans to open for dinner?

We are just assessing this concept now. The clientele we attract are more of a lunch time crowd, but maybe as news about our fantastic new upgrade’s travels, there will be a demand for a dinner sitting.

At the moment, our customers are mostly residents at Bethanie on the Park. They really enjoy a nice big lunch time meal, then a lighter option in the evening. Currently, we are able to see them off with an antipasto platter or a ploughman’s platter to enjoy later on in the evening at home while they watch TV. Every day we have a different platter offering. It always includes a great variety of nuts, fruits and cheeses.

Are there any exciting plans for the restaurant that residents can look forward to?

Yes, the Melbourne Cup! We are expecting 80-100 customers which everyone is very excited about. Alongside this, we have a lot of birthdays coming up that will be celebrated at the restaurant. We are doing really well which is great.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh, that’s easy – dark chocolate.

For more information about the Garden Dining Room at Bethanie on the Park, please call 131 151.

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