Sussex Centre Food Court
It has been a long standing, and popular, tradition in the UTS anime club to proceed to dinner directly after a night time screening. It has also been a long standing tradition, one oft met with negativity, to eat at the Sussex Centre Food Court in Chinatown. So, for the first food review of this blog, we’ll take a look at the place we like to call Sussex.
Back when I was in first year (which is further back than I care to think about), Sussex was always a regular eating hole for the club. Usually after Fun & Games or night screenings, a certain Shuai would utter the word “Sussex” and then a few minutes later we’d magically appear in the middle of Chinatown. It’s pull was amazing. And for good reason. Sussex offers a lot of variety in terms of asian dishes, all of reasonable to questionable quality for a very cheap price, all of which are positives for cheap uni students. You have Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean and a bunch of other cuisines the contents of which I do not dare ask. But over time, the tradition of Sussex has died out. Largely because Shuai isn’t around as much, but also because a few of us just got tired of going there. And Daruma was also closer to uni.
The first problem with Sussex, particularly on a Friday night, is finding seats. If you’re by yourself or in a small group, its easy enough to find somewhere to sit. But if you’re a group of ten, like we were, then it pays to have some interior decorating skills.
The second, and major, problem with Sussex food court is knowing what you want to eat and knowing where to order it from. Some people have strict rules as to which places are considered safe place to buy food from and those which are considered hazardous in nature. I won’t go into details about that though, since that’s a whole other conversation (or two…or three…). One generally agreed upon safe store is the Japanese Croquette store (five of us ended up eating there), which is apparently called Kitchen OEC (I didn’t know until I looked at the picture again -_-). What does OEC even stand for?
I ordered the Chicken Set from the Croquette place for $7.50. The set comes with fried chicken on a stick, two croquettes of your choice as well as pasta and green salad. For those who don’t know a croquette is a lawn game involving hitting a ball through loops with a mallet a small fried ball of mashed potato & some kind of meat incased in breadcrumbs. Kitchen OEC offers various kinds of croquettes, but the best ones, in my opinion, are the Sukiyaki and the Curry ones. The fried chicken is good, as good as most fried chicken is anyway. The croquettes offer a variety in taste, whilst the fried chicken offers something familiar and the salads are there to fill the plate. I don’t care much for the salad.
Anyway, here are some other people’s meals:
Yappa had this to say:
<yappa> perfect 10 dollar meal with ice tea
<yappa> volume is a little low
Syksy’s eloquent review:
syksy: was good
I personally like the addition of loyalty and watermelon, but I think the salad is a bit corny.
<Bubby> could use more meat
<Bubby> otherwise ok had better elsewhere
If you do go to Sussex, we suggest you avoid the drinks place and go for some Iced Tea for $1.50. Its available at one of the places on the corners (there’s only four possibilites!). It has a blue background to menu. If the $1.50 is too pricey for you, then go the Croquette place and get a 50c Barley Tea. All are awesome and another part of the Sussex experience.
So yeah, Anime@UTS recommends Sussex Centre food court for a good, cheap dinner. Some people say that Eating World or Dixon place is better than Sussex, but with the history and the culture built up around our Sussex, then there’s only one option for us.