I’ve been going to UBC practically every day for many years now, but I really don’t know much about the campus apart from the handful of buildings that I frequent for my classes and now graduate studies. I didn’t even know about the existence of Great Dane Coffee until recently. The latter is a bakery/cafe located at a corner in UBC, next to the Gage apartments. They offer a small lunch menu of sandwiches, as wall as some baked goods and drinks. I had their Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich, a Matcha Muffin, and a 12 oz Matcha Latte (which I actually received by mistake after the staff mixed up my request for a muffin with a latte), as well as a butter croissant for my mom.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($8.00):
This contained cheddar, monterey jack, and gruyere, and is served on house-baked foccacia bread. The foccacia was quite fluffy and soft; I would have liked the bread to be a bit more crispy. There was plenty of cheese, which were rich, gooey, and not overly sharp.
Turkey Sandwich ($8.50):
This contained roast turkey, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and chipotle mayo. Again the bread was fluffy and soft, and I didn’t mind it being not crispy this time. I really enjoyed the filling, with the vegetables being quite fresh and crispy and the mayo complimenting the turkey and vegetables very well. This was a simple sandwich that was done well.
12 oz Matcha Latte ($4.50):
I actually didn’t order this: I wanted the matcha muffin, but the people made a mistake and thought that I ordered a latte (I ended up getting the muffin for free). The latte was quite creamy and mildly sweet, with a hint of bitterness and fragrance from the matcha. I did find the matcha flavour to be a bit subtle.
Matcha Muffin (Free, normally $3.50):
I happened to get this for free: I ordered the matcha muffin, but the people thought that I got the latte, and I ended up receiving both even though I only got charged for the latte. This contained matcha and white chocolate chips. The muffin was mildly sweet and had a nice fragrance from the matcha. It was a tad dry on the exterior, but relatively tender and moist in the interior. The white chocolate provided a nice sweetness and paired very well with the matcha.
Butter Croissant ($3.00):
I quite enjoyed my trip to Great Dane Coffee. In spite of the small mishap with the mix up between the matcha muffin and latte, it did work out in my favour as I got the muffin for free. All of the food was good and fairly priced. All in all, this is a good spot for a bite if you’re on campus.