Review posted within last 6 month
Kudos to an eatery rating website, we could locate Viva o Viva serving Goan cuisine closer home! We frequented the area once for the erstwhile Chanakya movie hall and also attended marriage receptions at Forte Grand nearby but never explored the innards dotted with so many state guest-houses. Goa Niwas, inaugurated in 2010, appeared like a star property with an impressive elevation and smartly done up interiors. On approaching the reception and enquiring about Viva o Viva, we were directed to the restaurant at the ground floor. The restaurant with brightly illuminated interiors and lime green furniture with matching table cloths tried to create a happy and vibrant Goan theme! A whole lot of Goan memorabilia all around and mellifluous but fast paced Goan music added to the atmosphere. A dart board and table ice hockey (a variant of foosball), kept in a corner, would bring out the kids in you!
While son & daughter went for the mocktails namely, mojito mint (Rs.100/-) and Viva o Viva special (Rs.100/-), my wife and I ordered Grandma's chicken soup (Rs.100/-) and Grandma's crab soup (Rs.150/-). The mocktails were found OK by the kids but we enjoyed our light soups with profuse quantities of crab & chicken in the respective variants. Egged on by many reviewers with their ardent recommendations on prawn peri peri (Rs.350/-), we also chose that as starter with a serving of pao (Rs.40/-). The dish cooked in thick red gravy may not be authentic Portuguese but somewhat titillated our palate. Our next order of sea-bass rawa fry (Rs.300/-) came in three large pieces; the fish was very fresh and delectable in taste. For main courses, we asked for a plate each of white pomfret curry (Rs.400/-) and chicken xacuti (Rs.250/-) to go with a portion of steamed rice (Rs.50/-). I did not find pomfret very fresh and you may find better chicken xacuti in a restaurant adjoining any bus stand in Goa. Our total bill for the dinner was pegged at Rs.2090/-. All the prices, I have mentioned, include all kinds of taxes (VAT, service tax et. al.) - what a great relief!
So the final verdict - all of you looking for a different genre of cuisines not so prevalent locally in a fairly decent ambiance with pocket friendly prices in the heart of South Delhi, you may head to Viva o Viva. As for me, who made several forays into Goa over many years savouring food from nooks & crannies ranging from star rated restaurants to roadside ones, I would look elsewhere for aroma and authenticity of Goan cuisines.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
I went Viva o' Viva some time back and I was unaware that they serve Goan food. It was amazing to visit the place. The most amazing thing was that you can ask to customize food as per your taste. The food was great and getting Goan cuisine in Delhi is also an amazing thing. I like the ambiance too and service was nice as well. I must say Viva o' Viva is a great place to visit.
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