Mid-way through the year, the AMS of UBC unveiled the new AMS Student Nest building, simply known on campus as “The Nest.” While the impressive 250,000-square-foot building contains comfortable study areas, a collection of quick and easy eateries, a yoga studio, and an indoor rock climbing wall, nestled on top of the fourth floor is the recently opened Perch Restaurant.
The upscale casual dining venue, which offers both inside and outside seating, prides itself on showcasing sustainable, local and delicious west coast fare.
While some people have raised concerns that the price point maybe too high for an eatery located on university grounds, Perch provides students with a convenient and beautiful spot where they can to treat themselves to the occasional nice meal out.
UBC staff and faculty, as well as neighbouring residents, can also take advantage of this new dining option on campus. Instead of making the trek into town, locals can take advantage of having a restaurant that’s located within a stone’s throw from home, and one that ultimately offers downtown food at university prices.
Under the guidance of chef-de-cuisine Gus Steiffenhofer-Brandson, previously at The Pear Tree, the Perch features an inspired and comforting menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients. In fact, the kitchen sources seasonal selections from UBC’s own organic farm and The Nest’s rooftop garden.
Diners can expect to find the Perch’s seasonally-driven menu dotted with range of small and large plates, including wild rice rösti fries ($6), crispy fried chicken ($8), seared rare Albacore tuna ($18), tamarind braised pork cheeks ($15), a tender grilled flank steak ($24), and many more enticing options.
To complement the meals, the Perch will offer a variety of libations from their in-house bar, which will include thoughtfully chosen B.C. and international wines, craft beer, and carefully crafted cocktails.
Address: 6133 University Boulevard
Hours: Tuesday through to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.