Vivo @ Times Square KL

The reason I was going to Times Square was because mom had her own plans on that day, so I quickly made plans to meet up with some friends for lunch.

For the international readers, we do have a Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. It is nothing like Times Square in New York though, it is just another shopping mall.

They recommended this restaurantΒ called Vivo.Β This restaurant specializes in American Italian cuisine, more specifically pizza and panini.

Vivo Times Square
Vivo at Times Square KL

For those of you who doesn’t know, Panini is basically Italian grilled sandwich. Imagine Italian version of Subway. My friends claimed that once I’ve eaten a panini from Vivo, I would never want to have a Subway sandwich ever again.

Vivo Times Square
5 different fillings x 3 types of bread

Being the jakunΒ (ignorant fool) that I am, of course I would go for the one with the biggest picture in the menu. Can’t go much wrong with the biggest picture, can you? πŸ˜‰

Vivo Times Square
Grilled Fish Fillet Panini – RM 14.90
Vivo Times Square
Quickly took a bite, om nom nom nom~

My verdict? Well, yeah, having this is much better than having a Subway sandwich. For one, Subway doesn’t offer savory toppings such as grilled fish fillet or crispy chicken (right?). And the bread here is fluffier on the inside. With Subway’s sandwiches, sometimes if feels like you need great teeth strength to eat them.

Only thing is, there’s no Vivo in Penang, so if I ever have a craving for store bought sandwiches, I would still go to Subway.

Vivo also does decent pizza apparently, so we ordered a 10 inch pizza to share among the few of us.

Vivo Times Square
Prawn Pizza – RM 27.90

This pizza is properly delightful. The crust is properly made, and the prawnsΒ are succulent and given in abundance if compared to the Ebenezer Scrooge pizza chain otherwise known as Pizza Hut Malaysia. By the way, did you know that in the US, Pizza Hut is a buffet restaurant? You pay $6.95 to stuff yourself with pizza, lasagna, meatballs and salad until you cannot walk.

I’m not so sure if Italy’s Italians would approve of this pizza or not though. Last I heard of, Italians would only have their pizza with tomato base, and maybe some cheese and herbs. Anything else is supposed to be blasphemy to this sacred and divine delicacy.


Overall, I would say this is a decent restaurant. You can give it a try if you want. I think they also have outlets in The Curve and Empire Mall/Empire Gallery/Empire Whatever-that-building-is.. I have no idea where that Empire building is though..

34 Comments

    • Well, to me, baguette and panini are the same thing, just different language. And they’re both awesome! πŸ˜‰

  1. Nice! Nice! My kind of food πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Times Square for the longest time! Been there when it was newly opened and it was so huge. I remember they had a roller coaster there. Maybe I’ll try Vivo at The Curve. I used to be crazy over Subway. My favourite is the Italian BMT and I go for the full size. But after a while, not too crazy about it anymore.

    • I like Subway, but they are more towards healthy sandwich. Sometimes I want something savory, like grilled fish and deep friend crispy chicken, Subway doesn’t do that.

  2. BTS is a place I won’t really think of going, it’s just like a Sg Wang to me, just bigger, haha!! I go there either for a movie or karaoke session.. and the other day I had lunch at this Vivo you went.. the pizza was quite good.. πŸ™‚

      • yeah, in terms of facilities BTS is surely better than SW, but then in terms of shopping, probably you get the same stuffs since shop owners mostly own shops in both the places :p

        • Not just both, they also own shops in Lowyat and BB Plaza. Especially if you want to buy gadgets, you can just randomly go to any one shop, because all the shops have the same boss >.<

  3. Oohh used to ‘drop a lot of leg hairs’ at BTS years ago as my previous company was located at Amoda, just opposite BTS.. So we parked our cars at BTS carpark, and then walk over to Amoda to work.. So after work, sure will jalan jalan a bit first before heading home.. Yep I went to Vivo once only, had their burger and pizza too.. So many things there to eat, sometimes really dunno wat to eat also..

    • I know of people who work in Sg Wang and Lowyat who also parks their car in BTS. Apparently they have cheaper monthly rate.
      When you order Vivo’s burger, did you specify: “No lettuce”? πŸ˜€

      • Nope, didn’t specify anything, it was many years ago, and we went in a gang, so we just order what others were ordering.. Oh yes, years ago, parking was cheap, like RM4, then it went up to RM5, then RM7.. Now I think it has gone crazy.. A few hours and it’s RM9 I guess.. Our (ex) office moved to Phileo Damansara after that anyway..

        • I thought since you don’t like veges, you will specify “No vegetables please” πŸ˜€ .. I thought BTS carpark has one of the cheapest rate in KL, last time it was RM 1 per hour even on weekends, but last week I went, 2 hours RM 8, same price as Pavillion @.@ (or maybe Pavillion also increased carpark price?)..

  4. I tried Subway in Wellington – they do not shortchange people on the fillings there, lots and lots to choose from. I went to the ones at Sg Wang Hotel in Bukit Bintang and also the one at the back of Gurney Hotel block…and both times, I just left without eating. The one in Wellington was ok, did not get me going back for more…and the sight of what they had at their counters here – both places – sure did not turn me on, thank you.

    I certainly would want to give this place a try though. Gosh!!! RM14.00!!! * faints* You mean Berjaya Times Square or is there another one that I do not know of? I know there’s Times Square in Penang, just open when I last went over – not many living souls around there.

    • Gosh!!! You don’t know where Empire is? Was in the news once as there was a fire once – some gas tanks exploded or something. No worries – there are many like you!!! I had blogger friends coming over to KL to meet up – and I had to give them directions and lead the way. They said they hardly ever bothered to come over to the city. Empire’s not in KL proper though – in Subang.

      • Oh yeah, now that you mentioned, I did see it in the news somewhere. There’s too many malls showing up in the Klang Valley recently that I can hardly keep up!

    • Malaysian version of western chains are well known to shortchange people, each and every one of them! They charge you the same price as what they sell in US (as in, direct conversion, $10 will be RM35), yet the experience will be less satisfying.
      Berjaya Times Square lah, we hardly add the Berjaya when we call it. I have never been to the Penang one, no reason to entice me to go, every one said it is a dead mall LOL!

  5. I have seen this Vivo eatery around but have never eaten there because it just did not appeal to me. Affter reading your post, maybe I will try the fish panini (but I don’t like fluffy bread) and prawn pizza since I like to eat seafood but it will never replace Subway for me. I like Subway because I can customise my sandwich – I always choose wheat bread, all veges and no sauce at all.

      • Got meat. Last time they used to have a special everyday of the week so I will just order that and asked for all veges to be added to the default sandwich but no sauce at all.

    • Don’t really know which is which when it comes to classic Italian pizza to be honest, but I think most of them uses similar ingredients.

  6. ahem… we DO have Vivo in Penang! It’s at Aeon Mall, Bkt Mertajam, but knowing you “penang island” guys, very lazy to come over to the mainland one, rite?? πŸ˜€

    The Empire Shopping Gallery is behind Subang Parade.. aiyoh, KL boy needs to go out more often leh! πŸ™‚

    • The new Aeon? I have yet to go there, going to wait for few more months when the crowds is not so crazy. I do go to the mainland one lah, although mostly to the Butterworth side. I have many friends living near Raja Uda πŸ˜‰
      I have to admit, I really am out of touch with the newer KL, newer as in anything that appeared less than 5 years ago 😐

      • Actually it was only ‘crowded’ for the first 2 weeks of its opening. Nowadays it’s okay although during weekends, it’s still considered alot of people, I guess… but of course it’s not as happening as QBM… but it’s the most happening one we have on the mainland now at this moment (to me that is). The Perda Mall where the old Jusco was located, they’ve just reopened their doors after renovation, but still nothing much there. The supermarket there will be Econsave, but we still like to shop at Aeon.

        Let’s test you, KL boy… heard of Publika, The Intermark or Paradigm Mall? How about Setia City Mall, One City, Main Place? πŸ˜›

        *deny I’m shopping queen*

        • I do my grocery shopping exclusively in Jusco (I mean Aeon). The vegetables and fruits there are nicer compared to other supermarkets.
          Publika, Red Losbter mall and magic-never-happens mall, yeah I know them. The other 3? *blank face*… 😐

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