First Year Impressions of Campus Food Spots

WORDS BY DEIRDRE MCGINN

Eating food on campus as a first year is hardly a unique experience. We’ve all been there. Some of us are still there, like yours truly. And although we all share a distaste for spending money, not everyone on campus is quite as naïve and impressionable as a USYD fresher™.
 
So, step inside the shoes of this first-year foodie, as I rate the most popular food places on campus in terms of their aesthetic, food and of course, price.

Stop one: Taste Baguette

 source: Taste Baguette

source: Taste Baguette

Atmosphere: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Price: 5/10

Is it really that surprising to start the list with Taste? It’s convenient, it’s reasonably priced, and it’s right next to the law lawn. It’s also the one spot on campus that everybody knows of – it’s always mentioned on the orientation tours, and it's the caffeine watering hole of the concrete deathrow that is Eastern Ave. Some might say it’s overrated. But as far as convenient lunches go, it isn’t so bad. Not to mention the rustic garden aesthetic it has going on. If it weren’t so busy all the time, I’d probably go more often.

Stop two: Courtyard Café

 source: University of Sydney

source: University of Sydney

Atmosphere: aesthetic/10
Food: 8/10
Price: 6/10

I’m not going to lie; the coffee at courtyard isn’t great. It’s frothy and foamy and not in a good way. But to the people to bash their pizza: why? If Courtyard’s pizza is bad, then where the hell can I find better pizza on campus? Cause damn… the pumpkin feta pizza was good. And well priced. Especially when compared to the ‘organic’ lemonades – the prices of those candy coloured drinks defy inflation. Let’s be honest though, people don’t really go to courtyard for the food. It’s all about that airy, minimalist aesthetic. It’s the closest thing USYD has to an instagrammable café.

Next up: Laneway Café

 source: StudentVIP

source: StudentVIP

Atmosphere: 6/10
Food: 9/10
Price: 4/10

I first stepped into Laneway because it was the only place on campus that serves acai bowls. Yes, acai may be a dying trend, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. What’s yum is yum. Laneway also has such. a great. range. It would be my go to brunch place, if I could afford to brunch everyday. So, for now, I just appreciate it from afar. And by afar, I also mean the proximity it is to EVERYTHING.

Trekking on... Wentworth food court

Atmosphere: -1/10
Food: 7/10
Price: 8/10

 source: Sturt Associates

source: Sturt Associates

Wentworth. It has… a good variety of food, I’ll give it that. But Wentworth Food Court is a corner of Sydney Uni I’d prefer not to acknowledge. If you don’t care about aesthetic, then it’s probably fine. But I’m not about that poor-aesthetic life and it kind of resembles a Topshop ‘clearance’ sale floor on its last days of operation: filled with some good options, but a dishevelled, broken, mess. On the plus side, at least Wentworth’s got pide. And chips. And HSPs. Right on campus. As the saying goes: you win some, you lose some.

Last up: Manning Food Court

Atmosphere: -1/10
Food: 7/10
Price: 7/10

 source: StudentVIP

source: StudentVIP

Is it possible to have an aesthetic worse than Wentworth? Apparently it is, and Manning has proved that to me. Thankfully, Manning is far more central, which means you don’t even need to eat in the food court. Another positive note: Manning is the only place I know of on campus that has half-decent sushi. That orange packaged stuff from the café outside Fisher is NOT okay. It’s an actual crime against sushi. Rip USYD’s sushi game.
 
The hunt for good food continues…

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