Vivocity is one of the rare shopping malls that I actually like to visit. Not because there are any particularly attractive labels to shop (Oh please, those are so darn repetitive islandwide), but thanks to the spacious layout that make strolling so comfortable. A far cry from other overly-profit-driven developers who make visitors squeeze through narrow corridors to maximise lettable space.
Furthermore, there's a place which I know that I could always count on for a good meal and a good cup of milk tea; Kim Gary!
The Malaysia brand has been around ever since the mall opened, serving a variety of somewhat-modified hong kong cafe favourites. Decked in modern colours, it is one of those places that has a fantastic view of the Sentosa waterfront. As you prowl through their ala carte menu, do look out for their range of set meals that are really value for money!
I always liked how they served the utensils in a plastic box. Simple and hygienic!
Borsch Soup, Milk Tea (Part of set meal)
I haven't got the time to research on how the soup with Russian origin became a hong kong staple, but I'm glad that it was done the way that I'm familiar with: Light, ketchup-y and with cabbage slices and beef cubes. Yum!
Back in the days when good milk teas were hard to come by, Kim Gary left a very deep impression on whipping up one that my mom could concur with. Smooth and fragrant, I'm glad that it hits the right spot every time!
Beef Baked Rice with Cheese (Set Meal, $11.50), Club Sandwich ($5.90)
Given a choice of white or red sauce, I opted for the former as I liked how its creaminess would go well with oozing cheese. The meat itself was rather lacking in taste after sprinkles of meat tenderizer, but the savoury sauce more than made up for it.
Known as the 公司三文治 (Office Sandwich, literally) among hongkongers, this is one sandwich that would fill you up well! Triple-decked with eggs, ham, sausages and greens, the ingredients were simple but added up to a perfect combo, as the lightly toasted bread gave a soft crunch when biting through the layers together. More yum!
Baked Assorted Mushrooms with Cheese ($5.90)
The girlfriend and I regretted almost as soon as we saw it coming. Overwhelming amount of cheese on plain-tasting mushrooms that retained plenty of moisture, turning the whole dish watery after some time. Once is enough.
Bill for two was $27.75 after taxes, very reasonable when compared to other restaurants with the same view. While some of the items are new creations with no reference to Hong Kong, I still love how the crucial ones like milk tea and french toasts are pretty close. Always a choice to consider when in Vivocity!
Hong Kong Kim Gary Cafe #02-128, 1 Harbourfront Walk Vivo City Tel: 6376 8183