People are often complaining about the food we get in the Dining Hall (aka the DH, know what I’m saying, dawg?), but I don’t think it’s all that bad. This is especially so if you make the right decisions. I’m not going to lie and say all the meals are wonderful, but even a fusst person can enjoy majority of their meals in the DH. That’s one of the great things about our dining hall system: you can book your meals, and choose between a really nice and broad range of options. Some people choose to have “something and chips” every single day, but there are also really delicious options. These options are often cleverly disguised behind some exotic name (that in most cases just means “roast chicken”), but you never know until you try.
Here is a sample of lunches, over a two week cycle (that I will generally repeat because these are my preferred choice, from a taste and health perspective).
Week 1 (referred to as Cycle 1 on the View menu tab)
These veggie wraps are one of the meals that I greatly look forward to every week, they are really good! The venison steak is touch and go really… This edition was lacking in the substance, but generally this isn’t a bad meal (if you like your meat well-done).
The ham and cheese roll used to be my favourite meal because it reminded me most of a normal school lunch (sandwiches and the like). Now, I’m not so crazy about processed ham… But it is really nice to get a good dose of cheese once in a while. I am living for the day when we get super fresh rolls for our chicken burgers again: there was this one time… but let’s not dwell on such a beautiful past. The chicken burgers are good. They actually remind me of the kind of thing you could buy at a school tuck shop, so they really aren’t a bad choice.
Grilled chicken steaklets are great, a nice home-cooked meal feel about them. I think I am also sold on the fact that it’s crumbed chicken, and I love crumbed chicken… The lean beef burgers aren’t a bad option either, and that brown bread roll is also quite good. The patty is pretty decent, just beware: on alternate Saturdays there are normal beef burgers, and these can come quite oily with a bit more grey in it…
A traditional Sunday roast always goes down well, and generally their roast potatoes are pretty fabulously crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The broccoli in cheese sauce goes down well as well.
Without having ordered it, I would not have known what Moroccan red chicken is… It’s like a fairly spicy, almost tomato-y chicken a la king… But not really. The brown rice and veggies feel pretty healthy though. The ostrich steaks are good, but again only really if you don’t mind your meat really well cooked. The sweet potatoes have changed colour since I started ordering this meal option, but generally they go pretty well with the gravy from the steak.
This cheese salad roll is fabulous toasted (if you have the time). It also reminds me of school lunches, and it’s nice and simple and pretty delicious. It comes with chips, if you’re into that kind of thing, which you can see that I’m not. Balti chicken is another roast chicken under a pseudonym. I love this day because of the plain broccoli (generally). I love broccoli! The carrots tend to have a bit too much garden on them, though, so the carrot flavour is somewhat lost.
Friday lunch is chicken burgers again, and you’ve already seen that…
This chicken (Creole) took me by surprise, I had no idea what it was, and it has turned out to be one of the best meals. It’s got a nice amount of spice, generally, and it feels pretty healthy. It also isn’t cooked in a way that you have to close your eyes and hope that it’s not going to make you sick (when you see bits of red or who-knows-what on your chicken leg and thigh, sometimes you just gotta deal…). The chicken kiev is also a nice generic home-cooked meal that is generally done pretty well. Sometimes it’s actually chicken cordon bleu (ham and cheese filling), so nice surprises do come about…
I tend to say no to chips, squash, butternut, “creamed” spinach, cabbage and some other things that I don’t recognise. Generally I look forward to my meals. Lunch is really not a bad time of day, and I am waiting at the DH door at 12pm on the dot, waiting to scan my finger.