Before and after your movie at Vivo City, there are several places to hang out at that might tickle your fancy (with more food and beverage outlets yet to open).
But, and it is a very big but, the Corduroy Cafe on level 1 does not serve hot meals between the hours of 3pm and 6pm for reasons known only to their management.
Personally, I think that’s a freakin’ stupid policy, especially after I had mulled over the menu for a good five minutes before deciding on the beef stroganoff, only to be told by the cashier, who had been patiently waiting for me for five minutes to decide on the beef stroganoff, that there was no beef stroganoff to be had because it was a hot meal, and that there were no hot meals to be had between three and six.
So, Naomi and I went upstairs to this place called ‘White Dog Cafe’, which looked like another place which one might dine in the lap of luxury, and the decor, set against the 2nd floor outdoor boardwalk, looked as promising as some of the items on the menu.
Naomi decided quickly on a pasta dish, and attempted to give the waiter a further request to ensure that the pasta was done al dente.
I gave her the ‘no, don’t bother asking’ look, and later told her that it was a lost cause asking a waiter anything else right after he’s repeated your order as Fettucini Alololo and Pungkim Shoop.
Of course, she already knew that because she’d observed the waiter’s blank look for about five seconds before saying never mind.
The rest of White Dog’s Cafe’s menu is interesting – there’s a Spicy Banana Chill which menu describes as:
A Caribbean Combo to tantalize the tastebuds with just a hint of heart in every mouthful of sweetness
Of course, I had no idea from that description what the Spicy Banana Chill contained besides bananas, so I just had to order it and try.
Naomi tells me I could’ve just asked the waiter(ess) before ordering. But after a sip of the drink, I ask anyway:
“What’s in the Spicy Banana Chill?”
“Um, banana and wait lemme check.”
Unfortunately, the waitress scooted off to check before I could ask further:
“OK, can you tell me what animal heart goes into it?”
But yeah, not so exciting, the contents. Only bananas, milk and some chili flakes.