Review: Vivo Cafe (Sydney CBD)

Back in May a few food bloggers got invited to sample a heap of dishes at Vivo Cafe. According to their posts they were served copious amounts of good food and drinks for free. When the rush of envy was gone, I realised this could be a very decent place to have lunch close to work.

In the middle of a busy commercial area in the CBD and with plenty of outdoor sitting, Vivo Cafe is perfect for grabbing a bite when the weather’s good.

Vivo Cafe

Vivo Cafe

I have a somewhat ironic relationship with coffee. I love it but had to cut down because of gastritis issues. Now that I don’t have those issues thanks to my diet I don’t need the coffee for energy anymore also because of my diet. But I find it kinda silly to not order coffee in a cafe, so most times I give in. The weather on this particular day was perfect for trying the Vivo Espresso Martini, an espresso shot infused with sparkling mineral water.

Espresso martini

Vivo Espresso martini ($6.80)

The waitress gave me the option to pour my own drink, which I did for the sake of photos. The martini glass had icing sugar on the rim, which can easily be avoided by pouring less water in the mix. As strange as it may sound, the coffee was pretty good.

Espresso martini

Vivo Espresso martini ($6.80)

I had a good read of the salad section before ordering; not that there are too many options but all of them sound tempting. My choice this time was the pan-seared tuna steak w/ coriander, fennel, ginger & mint salad, dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. The dish arrived fairly quickly and was a very big serving. Apart from the described ingredients it had tomatoes, cucumbers, some lettuce leaves and orange slices. Very good combination of flavours, my only criticisms would be the use of the fennel core, which I usually chop off.

Pan-seared tuna steak w/ coriander, fennel, ginger & mint salad, dressed with a lemon vinaigrette

Pan-seared tuna steak w/ coriander, fennel, ginger & mint salad, dressed with a lemon vinaigrette ($24.50)

The tuna portion was huge and had a good flavour but was overcooked. Other than that lunch was great.

Pan-seared tuna steak

Pan-seared tuna steak

By the end of the meal I was battling with myself to avoid eating the chocolate-covered coffee beans placed on my drink’s saucer (see first coffee photo). Gluttony won and I regretted it, the beans were stale and the chocolate was not that good.

Vivo Cafe
388 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9221 1169
www.vivocafe.com.au

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