Immediately before MiKi's doors was a similar parking situation to Daldongnae - an access permitting entry via right turns only - and a scarcity of spots much like Katsuya's original uptown location. The interior was, in fact, a tad tinier than the famed cutlet eatery, though adopted a similar format to Hub. With a maximum capacity of thirty seats in the forms of four- and six-seaters, raised communal tables were in absence.
Despite being geographically furthest, I was first to arrive and nabbed the table just short of the clock striking noon.
Similar to Celebration Square, skates were available for rent. Additional features included indoor changerooms and the availability of learning aids, otherwise known as "skate trainers".
The group suited up just as the zamboni was finishing its maintenance round, then we hit the ice, inching bit by bit at first and gradually working up to a smooth glide.
Toasty treats and skating go hand-in-hand, and venturing over to a spot (583, 594) that filled that void possessed enough allure to stray from my original plan to attending a Hip Hop drop-in.
Albeit minimal seating, the group was quite fond of their picks, which ranged from the shop's signature Almond Cream Cold Brew, a lusciously sweet Mocha, silky Almond Vienna Coffee, creamy Chocolate Latte, and warmth-conducting Ginger Milk Tea - made less sweet than last time, thankfully.
Stenoodie voted in favour of the Minced Beef Congee, while I was unable to resist the heartwarming combination of pig's blood - referred to as "Pork's Pudding" at the establishment - and century egg. We also opted for rice rolls, a crispy cruller, and steamed veggies to supplement.
- Minced Beef Congee (碎牛粥)
- Century Egg and Pork's Pudding Congee (豬紅皮蛋粥)
- Shrimp Rice Roll (蝦米腸)
- Veggies (時菜 - 菜心)
- Sweet cruller (牛脷酥) >
Sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce are commonly included with rice rolls and blanched choy sum, however Sam's Congee Delight had taken heed to prevent saturating their offerings in condiments - a consideration I acknowledged and thoroughly welcomed. The Sweet Cruller was tasty as well, and not nearly as greasy as that of other diners. Albeit dry on its own, the bite-sized pieces were instantly elevated once submerged in congee.
The traditional diner was slowly winding down operations at our time of arrival, for their slated closure of 7:30 PM was approaching. Individual bathroom stalls were, admittedly, neglected more than I'd like to witness, however the staff remained as personable as ever.