Recently I had an appointment with Angela Vithoulkas, the owner of CBD café chain Vivo Café. She bowed out of our meeting in order to rush out a forgotten order for a sheepish corporate client who gave her twenty minutes notice to cater for two hundred people. So you can certainly see why she’s also the winner of the 2007 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award. Her business ethos definitely demonstrates pride in customer service, and puts clients first.
So after chatting about the service culture of the place to Executive Assistant Esra Timurtas who told me: “If there’s a problem, we don’t stand there arguing about it, we fix it.” I settled down to some lunch.
Now at a recent cafe review for Blue Orange, I fell in love with Orange and Strawberry Juice ($5.50) so here is the impressively presented Vivo Café version of the same drink...
There’s an emphasis on fresh, daily produce and a reasonably large café-style menu for breakfast and lunch. I had trouble choosing, but settled on a Steak Sandwich ($17.90) with caramelised onions, fries and aioli. It was quite good, and they certainly chose a reasonable quality steak, and cooked it to the requested medium.
I also tried one of their desserts - the well-priced Strawberries Victoria ($7.90) a tower of meringue, strawberries, mascarpone, Cointreau and chocolate sauce. With it I enjoyed a nicely made Latte ($3.80) of Primo Coffee which was the perfect foil for the decadent pile of sugary goodness pictured below!
Perhaps their biggest line is office catering - from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner and afternoon teas. While I waited for my food, I watched an efficient operation get loads and loads of good-looking food out to the neighbouring offices. Definitely one to consider if you're ever left in charge of feeding people in the CBD.
388 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9221 1169
(Also at World Square & 259 George Street)