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“Paella”
Review of Viva 8 - Bar

Viva 8 - Bar
Ranked #181 of 10,950 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $7
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Neighborhood: Chatuchak
Description: The surprise of Chatuchak ! Live DJ, cool drinks and Bangkok's best Paella....
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
729 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
“Paella”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Apparently everyone thinks of Viva as a paella place, but they think of themselves as a DJ place that happens to serve some paella. When you arrive, the emphasis is more on the music and the drinks than it is on the paella, but it's still a good place to grab a bite. (Do be warned though, they only have meat options, so if there's a vegetarian in your party they'll have to grab dinner somewhere else in the market.)

  • Visited January 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great Paella - Zero Service”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

I go to Chatuchak every Sunday and I never miss a visit to VIVA to enjoy the paella.

I use to go there with family and friends. The paella is very good and at an affordable price. I still think that in Spain you get a better product but I have to say that the Paella at Viva has been very consistent in the last months.

The unique note of this place is the paella chef making a great show while cooking. As matter of fact there is always a long queue of people waiting to be served as well a crowd taking pictures and movies of the chef.

The negative note is indeed the service. First of all it is slow and unattentive: you might seat there 20 minutes until a waiter notices you and come to take your order. Then, until last week the waiters were serving the paella at the table, and now you have to stand up and go to follow the queue at the cooking station: really annoying.

The coffe is really disgusting.

Hope will improve the service.

  • Visited December 2013
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South Wales
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281 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Nice bar in the middle of Chatuchuk Market”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Spent a very pleasant hour here after the madness of browsing the market stalls. It was a great place for people watching. The beer was cold and cheap and the cocktails were tasty. They had spicy food for sale and a live DJ playing great music.

Visited August 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Drinks, music and Paella”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Nice place in Chatuchak market, with DJ and live cooking station for paella.

Indeed I had better paella in Valencia but Fernando is a great showman and he knows how to entertain people.

Recommended for a "drinky" afternoon Paella.

  • Visited June 2013
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21 reviews
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“Epic”
Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Quite possibly the best bar I have ever been in!!! Didn't want to leave - amazing tunes and great atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
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