Nestled in the bustling district of Causeway Bay, Vivere is an Italian culinary sanctuary that boasts stunning views of Victoria Park during the day, and when the blinds are drawn come sundown, it transforms into a lively bar complete with drag-queen shows, quiz nights and free-flow options aplenty.
The menu at Vivere does not disappoint. The heart-shaped poached octopus (HK$138) is a standout dish, priced modestly. The tender octopus, cooked perfectly and seasoned with a delicate touch, is complemented by creamy mashed potato and the subtle aniseed flavour of fennel.
The tomato bruschetta (HK$78) is a traditional antipasto that highlights the restaurant’s commitment to using quality ingredients. The juicy tomatoes, seasoned with a hint of garlic and basil, are perched atop slices of crusty bread, making for delightful one-biters.
The stuffed mushrooms (HK$88) are generously filled with a fragrant mixture of herbs and cheese, providing a satisfying umami flavour combination.
For those craving something heartier, the spicy vodka rigatoni (HK$138) is an excellent option. The al-dente rigatoni is slathered in a spicy tomato sauce laced with vodka, making for a robust and flavourful pasta dish.
The chicken parmigiana (HK$148) is an Italian-American classic that’s executed to perfection at Vivere. The crispy breaded chicken is smothered in a zesty marinara sauce and topped with melted mozzarella cheese, creating a hearty dish that’s sure to satisfy any comfort-food craving.
The roasted lamb rack (HK$308) is another dish not to be missed. The lamb rack is seared to perfection tableside, enveloping the dining room in the intoxicating aroma of rosemary. The tender meat, cooked to a medium-rare blush, is a true testament to the chef’s skill and attention to detail.
To cap off the meal, the tiramisu (HK$88) is a beloved Italian dessert that leaves a lasting impression. The light and fluffy mascarpone cream, flavoured delicately with espresso and cocoa, is layered with ladyfingers soaked in sweet wine, creating a heavenly combination of flavours and textures.
With an atmosphere that’s both elegant and lively, Vivere is a must-visit for any Italian food lover, with great entertainment on board to boot.
Where: 11/F, Sugar+, 31 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.