Adventure #1: Dining Commons @ SFU

For my first adventure I will be talking about my experience at a food place called the Dining Commons at SFU.

Picture of 3 lunch dishes
An Incredible Lunch

Summary / Quick Breakdown 🏃‍♂️ :

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Location 📌: Dining Commons, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC, V5A1S6

Good 👍 : Tons of fresh food options, Food mostly tastes pretty good, Interesting Decor

Bad 👎 : If not commuting costs money for parking, dead times where there is not much selection, quality can shift drastically depending on several factors.

Price 💰 : $$

The SFU Dining Commons is located on the west side of the campus near residences. There are 4 dining blocks consisting of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night. Each of the various blocks consist of a different price point, however all blocks employ an all you care to eat method which means that you can fill your plate to your heart’s content.

As someone who frequently visits the Dining Commons due to a mandatory meal plan for those who live on campus, I would say breakfast is the best value. The reason why it’s the best value is because for only $10 before tax if you do not live on campus, you get access to a lot of different varieties of food. These include fresh fruits, made to order omelettes, smoothies, and a whole host of other interesting food.

One thing I must add though, is that I am impressed with how they stepped up with this new addition to the old Dining Hall. The old Dining Hall had a poor reputation among most students as a place that would only serve mediocre food that would barely pass as edible.

The new addition, however, includes various new things such as a made to order Teppanyaki station where you select from various vegetables and meats, and they cook it right in front of you. There is also a decent selection of fresh sushi and salad. Another new station is a made to order sandwich bar. In fact, a lot of stuff is made and served quickly to ensure freshness.

Close up of chicken being cooked in a rotisserie oven
Rotisserie Chicken

All in all, no matter if you’re a new student or returning student with a dining hall stigma, this new Dining Commons is certainly worth a try. The reasonable price point allows you to get a few meals, study, and feed both the brain and stomach at the same time. There are literally no other places on campus where you can get all this food at a similar price point.

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