From international comfort foods to plant-forward entrées and more, Open Kitchen represents the best of Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene. Keep an eye out for house-made butter chicken, awesome grilled cheese sandwiches and our beloved vegetarian southwest bowl.
7AM – 10PM | daily
Good for All
Our residence dining rooms are open to the public! Gather, Feast and Open Kitchen feature diverse and globally-inspired menus that incorporate fresh Ocean Wise™ seafood, certified halal beef burgers and fresh chicken, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. We are proud to source more than 60% of our ingredients locally from the UBC Farm and other BC producers.
Location & Hours
Orchard Commons Residence
6363 Agronomy Road, Vancouver
*Station hours vary. Scroll down for hours of each station.
Soup, Salad Bar, Hot Cereal, Parfaits & Waffles
Vegetables, whole grains, soups and more – all prepared in-house.
Bakery: Everyday, 7am – 10pm
Hot Cereal: Everyday, 7am – 11am
Parfait Bar:Everyday, 7am – 10:30am
Salad Bar, Waffles: Everyday, 7am – 10pm
Soup and side bar: Everyday, 11am – 10pm
Have a question about dietary restrictions or allergies? Want to eat healthier but need some help? Our Registered Dietitians support all students on the Residence Meal Plan.
We provide sustainable, diverse and memorable dining experiences. We believe wholesome, healthy food is a priority because our guests, our food, and our wellbeing matters.
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Your Open Kitchen Team
Executive Sous Chef, Residence Dining Halls
Darren’s culinary background is far-ranging and diverse. From his culinary apprenticeship with Fairmont hotels, overseas experience in South East Asia and years teaching future culinarians at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, he is never afraid to embark on a new challenge. After assisting with numerous events at UBC Farm, Darren was inspired by the progressive initiatives happening in UBC Food Services. He’s eager to make a difference in the future of food at UBC and beyond.
Sous Chef, Open Kitchen
Pascal Morin, born in Vancouver and raised in Quebec City, returned to the West Coast in 2000 to pursue a culinary career. He honed his skills in Vancouver’s vibrant restaurant scene before venturing to remote resorts in BC’s mountains and coastal regions, combining his love for food with the great outdoors. Catering also played a significant role in his culinary journey. Today, Pascal calls UBC Open Kitchen home.
Manager, Open Kitchen
After studying Hotel Management at George Brown College in Toronto, Jane worked as a dining room manager and stewarding manager at major hotels like Park Hyatt Toronto, Fairmont Waterfront, Pan Pacific Vancouver and more. She hopes to recognize, empower and motivate her dining room service team to perform and deliver exceptional service and food to guests at Residence Dining Rooms.
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Open Kitchen is UBC’s newest residential dining room. It opened in August 2016 in Orchard Commons, a LEED Gold certified student residence and home to UBC’s Vantage College. Brimming with dynamic chefs, decadent aromas, and a smorgasbord of unique and delicious menu items, it redefines food-forward student-focused restaurant design with its contemporary and vibrant design. It seats 316 guests and nourishes 1047 first-year students living in Orchard Commons, as well as the campus at large. This bright, modern, and innovative establishment sets a bold new standard for North American campus dining, reflecting culinary trends and best-practices with respect to selection, food preparation, service, atmosphere, and overall customer experience. Open Kitchen is our highest volume residence dining room and, we believe, truly one of Canada’s most inspired and interesting large-scale campus restaurants! On busy days it serves more than 3,000 meals.
Our menu represents a bold departure from the institutional dining mindset. We did not adapt the typical 21-day rotational menu cycle used at most other residence dining facilities; instead, about 70% of our menu is now static with daily and weekly features. This innovative move gives the team the opportunity to focus on perfecting a range of unique and delectable signature dishes.
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