Conveniently located right on campus, Laz’s Poolside Café is one of our favourite stopover spots for a breakfast or lunch with friends. It is also one of UNSW’s best kept secrets – it’s incredible range, taste and value for money is unfortunately not very widely known.
For breakfast, we ordered the pancakes, a ham & cheese croissant and Laz’s Breakfast. What should be noted straight away is that everything at Laz’s is definitely value for money – they don’t skimp on quantity, and especially when it comes to the meal deals, are the solution to the uni student’s budget problem.
The pancakes were overall very impressive – all three had a lovely, fluffy consistency and were served with two scoops of ice-cream, which complemented the flavour nicely. The ham & cheese croissant was also really nice, and tasted as a well toasted croissant should.
Unfortunately, the Laz’s Breakfast was not as delicious, which was quite a surprise given all our other experiences with Laz’s. Consisting of poached eggs, bacon, chorizo and haloumi on wood fire bread, overall the meal tasted quite dry and would have been improved with some tomatoes or other vegetables. From prior experience however, the Poolside Breakfast is very delicious so if you are hungry and looking for breakfast, go for that one!
We would also highly recommend the Burger combos ($10 for a burger, chips and drink). Having tried both the Angus burger and the fish burger on other occasions, they have consistently been filling and high quality. Finally, the create-your-own juice is worth a try.
Laz’s has ample seating, both inside and out, and the service is friendly. Don’t be expecting anything fancy, but it’s clean and similar to most other places on UNSW. The only thing to note is be prepared to wait for a little if you are ordering a proper meal.
We always bring friends to Laz’s and they are consistently presently surprised – the range of food offered and the available prices certainly beat most other places on campus. Their menu is quite standard however so we probably wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit, but if you are a UNSW student, or ever on campus, we would highly recommend grabbing a meal here.