|The classic menu at Establishment, a place where a casual dining/studying lounge becomes a "restaurant" at night|
Though still busy and exhausted from midst of the second round of prelims (term for midterm exams used in our school), Cathleen and I still decided to take a short break from all the pressure and chose Establishment - the student-ran "Restaurant" at Statler Hotel. This is actually a course for Restaurant Management at Cornell, where Hotel School students become servers, greeters, chefs - staff running a restaurant.
Since the roommate is also a student at the School of Hotel Administration, part of the other reasons we went was also to let her experience Establishment as a guest before she becomes the server (and serves me haha).
Occasionally, groups of students host themed-nights where there are new additions to the regular menu. We decided on going to the Hong-Kong Themed Night - a reminisce of home for both of us I guess.
|The regular menu with special additions|
|happy roommate, happy day|
The night's additions included the Wushu Trained Flying Wings, Kung Fu Char Siu Master and Yin Yang Dessert. Very creative course names indeed, let's take a look at the actual products.
We ordered all three of the special courses, with 2 more items from the regular menu - Erza's House Salad and Dashi Salmon.
|Wushu Trained Flying Wings|
the menu description described this course as: oyster-sauce glaze. I expected salty wings, as the impression of oyster sauce has always been more on the savoury side. The wings surprised us both- it was sweet, tangy, but not the kind of sweet and sour sauce you get at Americanized Chinese restaurants. Definitely consider re-ordering this if it still exists.
|Erza's House Salad|
|Kung Fu Char Siu Master|
|Yin Yang Dessert|
A 1st-time experience at the Establishment left us wandering for more. When it comes to the bill, we did not need to pay tips ("no gratuities accepted") and the prices are probably one of the most reasonable ones in the area.