To recognize the return of university students to the campus at UBC this week, I thought I’d take a quick look at some of the eating options for these youth at the University Village, as they begin or continue their journey in nourishing their minds through academia…
First off, Leona Mediterranean. Here they serve mainly curries and simple wraps, as well as some platted offerings. I ordered the special of the day, a chicken leg stewed in a tomato-base, served with a side of cooked vegetables, rice and choice of one salad (I chose the Greek). The chicken had been marinated okay, and the sauce had both a sweet and sour flavor, not surprising since it was coming from tomatoes. The rice, a long grain, was a little dry which made me wish more of the sauce that chicken was stewed in had been provided. The carrot, green bean, potato mixture was decent, with flavor properties like the chicken. The salad was fresh, nice crisp cucumber and green peppers. All in all, an adequate and filling meal, which felt healthy.
Next, the Curry Point. Its located in the far end of the hall, so difficult to spot when you come down the stairs. It’s part of a chain comprised of three outlets in BC. The others being in North Vancouver and one on the Island in Nanaimo. Here you can choose from various curries, getting as little or as much variety as you wish. The non-veg curries included some Murg Makhani (aka Butter Chicken), the veg ones had among others, Chana Masala. I elected a non-veg and a veg to complete my pairing, that came with some rice as well as a piece of naan (which was too soggy). The Gosht Masala (beef curry) had boneless beef, all in the garlicy, tomato paste gravy – but lacking any spicy heat. The daal (lentil curry) suffered from the heating pan system, as they were breaking down much more than they should, and at the end tasted really chalky. Again, not much spice at all in the flavoring here, probably “dumbed down” for the local crowd. I’d pass on this joint, even if it is fast food Indian.
Finally, Donair Town. The surprise of the lot, as I was pleased with the tasty package I received, a pita filled shawarma, and I chose a mixture of beef and chicken (both soft and crispier bits). Stuffed with some fresh lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and generous dollops of Tzatziki and garlic paste. The regular size ($5.99) was my order and it turned out to be a fully stuffed package, not sure if I could have eaten the super size offering.
I liked how they wrapped it all up tightly, completely enclosed so nothing could slip out until the moment it was consumed. Less of a mess, and was appreciated as I took it back to my car. I could see a few kids carrying this out on my way down to the food court here, so know its a popular choice.
So there you have it, a trio of samplings for the back to school crowd. Back in my days of school, they had nothing like these ethnic offerings, so am quiet envious about the choice today’s students have in their basic on-campus food zones.
University Village [Leona Mediterranean | Curry Point | Donair Town]
B1, 5728 University Boulevard