I was wandering around downtown for lunch when I stumbled upon The Market at the SAIT Culinary Campus on Stephen Avenue. Intrigued, I decided to take a look.
In the spacious cafeteria-style open kitchen, there were lineups at various food stations featuring sandwiches, pasta, hot entrées and pastries. I was delighted to find out the meals were made by the students at SAIT’s culinary program. The featured daily specials were posted on the electronic displays outside and seem to change on a daily basis. All the specials were $8.50 or under.
I decided to go with the pork loin with adobo sauce on a bed of rice, a side of sautéed haricot verts with garlic and black beans corn salad. The adobo sauce had a nice tangy taste from the cider vinaigrette and peppers. The onions and red peppers were very soft and soaked up all the sauce’s flavours. The braised pork loin was soft and moist but could have been marinated for a little while longer to infuse the flavours inside the cut. However, I rather have this than get something that was dry! The green beans were soft and moist with a very strong buttery flavour. The salad had a nice mixture of texture between the soft sweet corn and the harder black beans.
Overall, food’s quality is of a very high professional standard. The prices are very reasonable too and the portions are adequate for lunch. Service was fast and efficient. There is no seating inside and little seating outside.
TLDR: great place to grab a quick bite during lunch at very reasonable prices