At the beginning of this semester, SFU revamped their dining services. Mackenzie Cafe used to be somewhere that I would avoid due to the lack of fresh food options and the high prices, however, I decided to go and give the renovated cafe another try.
They have a brand new station that serves up all day breakfast, which is a dream come true for students. They have your classic eggs and bacon, pancakes, customized omelettes, and a daily special. The day I came to try it their daily special was a smoked salmon eggs benedict ($6.99).
I was a bit scared to order eggs benny from a cafeteria, but they pulled it off well. They poach your eggs fresh for you when you order it, so you have to wait a few minutes, but it’s worth it. The egg yolks were slightly on the firm side, but there was a bit of runny yolk that poured out. The English muffin was generously topped with flavourful smoked salmon and everything was smothered in golden hollandaise and topped with fresh herbs. This eggs benny really hit the spot and it was tasty and affordable.
The hash browns on the side are just your standard pre-made hash browns, but they give you a decent portion of them and I was satisfied.
On another occasion I came back and tried the make your own stir fry counter. This counter existed in the old cafeteria, but it’s been moved around. I ordered a chicken stir fry with all the veggies and noodles ($7). You have the option to put it over rice as well.
They let you pick out the veggies you want and then they toss them in the pan with the chicken and garlic and ginger. They had a good variety of toppings to choose from. They also have about eight different sauces you can pick. I chose the black bean sauce that had a nice savoury rich flavour.
The noodles are pre-cooked and they just toss them in the pan with everything to heat them up. They give you a big portion and I was full by the end of it. This stir fry was simple and good and I liked how you could customize it.
Overall I have been impressed with the new Mackenzie Cafe. Keep in mind it is still a cafeteria, but they have definitely stepped their game up. The new stations allow for more customization and give you a wider variety of food options. The prices of many of the new items are also affordable. I will return when I’m in need of lunch on campus.
Yes, the new cafeteria is worth checking out.