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“Good bakery/bistro style dining option at Festival Walk, always a long queue these days”

Simplylife Bakery Cafe
Ranked #601 of 10,368 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Price range: $20 - $25
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Kowloon Tong
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had dinner at Simplylife at Festival Walk back in February, the first time we had dined here in a while. Despite the long queue, our meal was pretty good, similar to past experiences at this branch in Kowloon Tong.

During this meal, we tried the pumpkin soup appetizer (+HK$30 w/tea or coffee added to meal) that was ok but a bit too bland on its own. It required salt and pepper (rating 3 of 5). For mains, we ordered the Pumpkins, Pine Nuts, Chestnuts and Organic Brown Rice, Sage and Browned Butter risotto (HK$92). This dish was very well made with balanced ingredients and tasted delicious (rating 4.5 of 5).

We also tried the Roasted U.S. Game Hen with Green Asparagus and Portobello Mushroom (HK$148). This was good but not great, the hen was cooked a too quickly making it a bit dry and difficult to debone, especially as they don't serve with proper cutting knives with this meal. It was a bit tricky cutting the meat off with a standard table knife (rating 3 of 5).

Overall, we were pleased with last meal at Simplylife in Festival Walk, we will probably try a different main course meal next time but the risotto dish was worthy of praise and reordering. If you are in the Festival Walk and fancy a bistro/bakery style lunch or dinner, this is a good option, just be warned of the queues which seem to always seem to occur here now.

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Thank BradJill
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Great idea! Self-service snacks and drinks, then scramble for a seat!

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Another great bakery. A nice weekend treat. Try to chocolate croissant!

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Reviewed February 23, 2012

The meatball soup is fairly priced, fast and full of meat and rice

Thank Ca J
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

I had lunch here - it was adequate, but not anything special. I had a small pasta salad and a pumpkin and ginger soup. The salad comes in two sizes, regular and small, but 'small' is something of a misnomer; the two sizes are really 'normal' and 'gargantuan'. Thus unless you're on a serious weight gain mission, having both the salad and the soup is, well, superfluous.

I'd recommend avoiding the soup entirely; supposedly it was pumpkin and ginger, but it didn't taste of either. It didn't really taste of anything at all. It was hot, and it was a liquid, and it contained calories, but there's more to food than just supplying nutrition.

Service was prompt and efficient. The restaurant was packed at lunchtime, so perhaps it just wasn't to my tastes. Perhaps I shouldn't quibble about it being expensive when the portions are also too big, but this isn't a great restaurant. It's not bad either, just a middle-of-the-road establishment.

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