The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Another simple lunch @ simplylife Bakery Café (Festival Walk), Hong Kong

We recently went to our son's kindergarten to watch a concert that he'd taken part in. All the kiddies were so cute, and the concert went well, and I think that all the teachers, assistants and students did a job very well done because having 150 young children under 6 years old performing on stage has a huge potential for a disastrous outcome. After the concert, we enjoyed some family time over lunch at the nearby mall, and we weren't the only ones with the same idea of lunching at this particular spot. The simplylife Bakery Café at Festival Walk was filled to the brim with a queue, and this was only at 12pm on a weekday! I'd hate to endure the queue on the weekend at this popular restaurant in this equally popular mall. We waited about 25 minutes before our little group of 3 was brought to a table.

A full house with a rather long queue that only got longer over the next hour or so:

Our boy found some friends to play with during the wait for a table. This simplylife café seems to be a popular choice for families:

A few months ago we had a good experience at another simplylife, and while both simplylife restaurants had an in-house bakery shop, the food menu were quite different. Service was efficient and prompt, and dining out in the bright open mall space gave the impression of 'al fresco' dining but without having to endure the heat and humidity of summer. The lunchtime menu was very affordably priced, and it gave the flexibility of having only one main course for HK$78, or adding HK$10 to have each additional course of soup/salad course and dessert. The dishes are European, and there were ten main dishes to choose from. Hubby and I went for all three courses, and our son enjoyed his one-course meal.

Hubby's Potato Soup which was tasty, but hubby wasn't a big fan of the chalky texture. That bread was superb:

My Salad, with dressing on the side as requested. I really liked the crusty bread that was served with the soup and salad:

The boy's Organic Spaghetti Carbonara, which he dug right into after having some of our crusty bread. However he refused to eat the bacon bits, which hubby reckoned was the best part of the dish. (We surreptitiously gave him egg, beans and duck meat from our main plates to make up for the protein content):

Hubby went for the English Big Breakfast, which contained pork sausage, crispy back bacon, scrambled egg, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Quite lovely, but pretty hefty - I most definitely could not do that plate on my own, however hubby finished every morsel (except for a couple of bites that the boy and I had):

I ordered the Roasted Duck Breast with Orange Gravy. The duck breast was tender and tasty, and the roast zucchini and squash were delicious. Orange sauce is a safe but always good choice for duck:

Dessert was a Cheesecake...:

...and a Chocolate-frosted Cake (not quite sure what the actual cake was). Quite enjoyable, unfortunately we weren't able to finish the plate as we had to tend to an urgent matter:

Our little family had an enjoyable time at this simplylife café (marred only by a toilet emergency - but such is life when dining with a little one). The food was delicious and affordably priced, and it's easy to see why it's so popular.

We came back (after that urgent matter) to have a quick look at the delicious looking baked goods on offer at the in-house bakery:

simplylife Bakery Café
Shop 42, Level 2, Festival Walk
80 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2265 7418

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