Simplylife is a Western restaurant/café located inside the Festival Walk shopping centre in Kowloon Tong. Set among the glossy floors, endless clothes stores and and shiny escalators, the European-style restaurant fits right in. There is normally a queue for a table but I only had to wait around 5 minutes and was seated underneath some patio-style covers, we were technically inside, but it added to the atmosphere nonetheless.
The menu changes quite frequently but you can expect to find fish and meat dishes, healthy options, pasta, and burgers. I ordered the fish burger in a black charcoal bun. For an extra $30, you can get this as part of a set meal which comes with a salad, bread and a drink. The burgers cost between $100 – $150 and come with fries. When the burger arrived, the first thing I noticed was the generous slab of fish in the bun. There was also a dollop of accompanying tartar sauce and a little garnish. The fish was really delicious and flaked away as I bit into it. However, I found the charcoal taste of the black bun a little overpowering. The fries were very moreish and tasted like they had been double-cooked. The food was also presented beautifully although I was a little confused at the free space that was left on the plate.
The European-style patisserie located in the restaurant is a real treat. A variety of pastries and tarts tempting and luring you in as soon as you walk into the restaurant – they range in price from around $20 – $50. First up was the fig and lime tart which consisted of fresh figs, fruit and cream, with a hint of zest, on a buttery pastry base. The pear tart was equally attractive and almost too pretty to eat. Spiced pears and cream in a sweet tart casing made this an extremely scrumptious dessert.
So while the burger was tasty, the charcoal bun let it down for me. However, the menu is pretty extensive and next time I think I’ll try some of the pasta dishes. Simplylife is definately worth a visit, even if it’s just for a slice of cake and a bit of relaxation in the café style ambience.
SimplyLife Bakery Café
Shop 30, L2,
80 Tat Chee Avenue,