I don't go out there all that much these days except for special appointments. But yesterday after a meeting there, it was well past lunch time and I was famished. I almost stopped in at that Japanese/Korean place, Suga, to try them out but didn't think I'd be able to wait for table service. Last-second decision brought me down to the basement food court which I almost always forget is there.
There's about 10 (?) or so vendors, mostly of Chinese & Japanese variety, with one Vietnamese vendor, two Middle Eastern donair/kebab houses. I went with the Chinese place at one end of the vendors row. $5 lunch special got me 2 items + rice, taxes included. Thing is, the food was *better* than similar stalls at Cyrstal Mall, Yaohan and the likes. At the other end of the food court I saw a Want Want Hot Spicy House (same one as those at Crystal and Yaohan).
The food court space itself is quite depressing, like a subterannean purgatgory, with awkward angles, poor sightlines and odd tables arrangements. But the consolation is the foods are at least half decent, affordable and for those living on the West Side you need not travel to Richmond or Metrotown to get some cheap tasty Asian food court eats.
For those of you who not familiar with UBC Village, the food court is in the University Plaza building on University Blvd (@ Allison Road) and the entrance is right below the Univ Plaza sign here:
Here is an outdated directory of the food court vendors along with other food outlets in and around the campus:
Parking is atrocious ..... the meters are $3.50/hour