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The roast pork, sauce and potatoes were spot on. The view was also worth a mention. But prefabricated food and a lack of information disappoint two diners from Arts IT when they visit the Navitas cafeteria.

2015.08.28 | Sara Rosenkilde Kristiansen

Should the Navitas' cafeteria get three or four Omnibus logos? After some discussion, the conclusion was that the roast beef alone couldn’t outweigh the cafeteria’s shortcomings. Photos: Jesper Rais


Reviewed by IT Supporter and Coordinator Michael Møltorp and IT Supporter Brian Bech Jørgensen from IT at Arts, as told to Sara Rosenkilde Kristiansen.

The food

The menu for the week can be seen on a screen on the way into the cafeteria, so we already know that it’s roast pork today. In addition they have fish, sandwiches and a salad bar with different salads. There are also dips and two kinds of cake. Brian immediately goes for the roast pork, while Michael chooses a chicken and bacon sandwich and some salad. We can’t find information about what’s in the various salads or about prices, so we’re left guessing. We also buy two pieces of cake.

The roast beef quickly brings a smile to Brian’s face. It’s perfect and not at all dry. The rind could be a little more puffy - it’s crisp but also a bit hard. The sauce is also a success, using the meat juices from the pork, while the potatoes are cooked as they should be. The salads match the food well. A really good meal.

Michael is not quite so impressed. His sandwich is too compact and messy. The bread isn’t home-baked and it’s hard to find the chicken amongst all the curry dressing. It’s okay but not top notch. The salad also needs to be tried and as there is no information about the contents of the salads, some guesswork is required. It turns out that they have really delicious mashed peas. On the other hand, the humus and tzatziki are rather anonymous.

A vegetable salad is the only one with a sign and it is very tasty, with plenty of herbs and spices. Unfortunately, it really looks as if the salads are prefabricated and came out of a plastic bag. For example, the carrots are unnatural identical. But the salads are generally good and there is good variation.

A 25 cl organic orange juice costs DKK 15. It tastes great, but for someone from north Jutland, a litre price of DKK 60 is a bit too expensive.

Next it’s time to try the coffee and cake. The coffee is standard cafeteria coffee and it’s good. Both cakes are very stodgy and don’t appear to be home-baked. Brian tries a slice of chocolate cake, but with too little coconut on top, it’s very stodgy. Michael has to guess what he’s got on his plate again - he can taste chocolate and marzipan, but doesn’t know what the red stuff is.

Price:

The whole meal costs DKK 171 - that’s expensive. Especially considering that the cafeteria is aimed at students. Better information could also have given a better overview of prices. We have paid DKK 30 for a large salad, but it’s unclear what that covers. For DKK 98 we could have ordered a beef sandwich at the neighbouring Havens Pearl take away, which would have represented better value.

Atmosphere

The view is in a class of it’s own. It’s fantastic with Aarhus Bay and Dokk1 in the background. There is a high ceiling, which has a negative effect on the acoustics as a lot of noise can quickly develop. It looks a bit like a factory, all grey and sterile. The staff are very friendly and efficient. The cafeteria doesn’t have the right flow; it’s difficult to find your way around when you’re not familiar with it.

Conclusion

All in all it was good, but not eyebrow-raising good. Even though the roast beef dish was good really delicious, the rest wasn’t really quite good enough, especially taking the price into account. And neither of us is crazy about guessing what we are eating.

 

Translated by Peter Lambourne

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