A walk down a narrow alley in the Fontainhas district brings you to one of the city's best-value restaurants. Featuring the award-winning cuisine of chef Linda De Souza, this cheery hideaway is crowded with locals and tourists. The maître d' is happy to make recommendations to anyone unfamiliar with Goan specialties such as kingfish vindaloo, and chicken cafreal (marinated and cooked with fresh cilantro, also known as coriander; green chilies, and ginger). Indoor
seating can get cramped (there are just a handful of tables there), but tables are also available outside. Reliable Goan classics, conviviality, and bargain prices are the rule, and the prawn curry is possibly the best in the state.
H. No. 178 31st January Rd., behind Mary Immaculate High School, Panaji, Goa, 403001, India
Mar 25, 2012
"dogs and indians not allowed..." The british of the olden times were stupid to put up such a sign.... The folks at Viva Panjim achieve much the same by just looking through you as if you are not there.... The waiter looks through you, the owner looks through you and even the lizard on the wall looks through you as if you are not there :) The first time we went, we actually expected the waiter to ask us whether we wanted water. After 5 minutes we
asked for it. 15 minutes later, after many implorations, they finally took the order. 30 minutes later, they finally delivered it. The prawns and the kingfish steak was divine, and all was forgiven.... So much so that we returned the next day. After 30 minutes of no one even looking our way, we had no other option but to get up and go to niyaaz, where they treated us to great food, and spoilt us silly.... :) I will never be able to taste the wonderful concoctions of Viva Panjim in this lifetime, because I dont want to be humiliated again.... Perhaps, in the next generation, if I am born in a fairer avatar west of the ural mountains, I may be lucky enough to enjoy the food :)
Jan 18, 2010
We visited Viva Goa on the 12/01/2010 as it was recommended by our tour driver. Upon arrival we were told there were no tables available inside and they could only put something together outside in the street. Since there were flies, we said we would prefer a table on the inside. Out of the two waiters who were assisting us, one was very reluctant to give us an option of moving inside (one seen on the right in the photo); while the other (on the
left in the photo) offered to let us move in as one of the tables would be free in about 15 mins. We agreed and opted to order some drinks and starters while we waited, most of what we wanted to order was not available on the day. In a while the waiter (who wasn't keen on us sitting inside) told us that the people at table they expected to be free, had just ordered more wine, so they wouldn't be leaving any time soon. Since there wasn't much else that could be done, we decided to go ahead and eat at the roadside table we were given. A little later we turned around to see that the table we were promised had been vacated and was given to another bunch of European Tourists. When we called back the waiter and questioned him, he said that the restaurant's owner had reserved that table for those people. So we questioned why we weren't told this earlier and why we were given a different story earlier and whether we were lied to? When we asked to see the Owner, they then claimed she wasn't around and unavailable to speak to. Our waiter was so full of attitude that when we told him we were insulted by his behaviour and to bring us the bill as we would like to leave, took his own time. Finally we went inside and settled out bill, and were even short changed Rs 10. An insignificant amount, but after the service there we did not want to leave them even a Rs 1 tip. Appalling to have such service in your own country when on Holiday. We are residents of Dubai on holiday in Goa, which is our home, and to have such insulting service was positively unacceptable!!