Situated in the centre of Parkes, The Astro Dish’s restaurant, is a hidden gem for fine dining. With modern grey and chrome décor, the futuristic restaurant can be cosy and intimate or be opened up to cater for functions of over 100 people. Chef Denise, who has been at The Aastro Dish since August, has been hard at work perfecting flavours to tantalise taste buds, “I try to create three or four new dishes a week for our specials board” she said; “We get fresh seafood delivered every Thursday direct from the Sydney fish markets so we have fresh oysters, barramundi, snapper and more on offer dependent on what’s in season.” The restaurant has a set menu including an excellent array of steaks, entrees, seafood and desserts.
When asked what Denise’s favourite dish was she said, “it would probably be the Kilpatrick steak which is stopped with bacon, cheese and Worcestershire sauce!” Recent creations include a duck with blackberry jus and a lamb rack with fig and rocket salad. The Aastro Dish specialise in fine dining, “there’s nothing on our menu you’d typically find in a pub” said Denise; “ Our restaurant is perfect for treating a loved one to a sit down, three course experience.
The other half of the catering team, Krista, is a jack of all trades with some of her job titles including waitress, front of house and kitchen porter, “I’ve always loved hospitality and Donald and Valerie are fantastic bosses, if you want to learn they will show you. I couldn’t really imagine working anywhere else.” Krista and Denise want to encourage the people of Parkes to come and enjoy the culinary delights, “Denise and I are keen for locals to come down, once they see what great service and delicious food we have, they’ll be hooked!