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“Lovely local joint”
Review of Viva Panjim

Viva Panjim
Ranked #6 of 325 Restaurants in Panjim
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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64 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely local joint”
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Are here twice whilst staying in Panjim as it's close yo my hotel.
First night had delicious chicken cafreal with Goan pao which is local bread. Chicken was super tasty and do tender, bread crunchy sift and slightly chewy, together plate wiping lay good. Followed by a tasty crime caramel all for 290 rupees!
Second time I tried the pork vindaloo which although tasty had very fatty meat, more fat than meat. Also tried the Goan sausage chilly fry which was spicy and ok but not the tastiet. Again more lovely bead and a bit if local rice.
A good eating spot, was full both nights which when off if season shows how popular this place is

Visited July 2014
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Panjim, India
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Great for Goan food”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you want to taste good Goan food than Viva Goa is the place to head to. The prawn curry rice is excellent and some of the pork and beef dishes will remind you of your grandmothers cooking.

Visited June 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“A quaint cafe in Fontainhas,Panjim”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

After having read some good reviews on TripAdvisor, I added Viva Panjim to my list of must visit restaurants while in panjim. Luckily it happened to be located very close to where we were staying (Panjim Inn) This restaurant is an old Portuguese home that has been converted to a restaurant and so to with its location in a hidden alley off 31st January Road, gives off an old-world charm that is so irresistible about the enchanting Latin quarter area - Fontainhas in Goa. There is a glow sign standee that is kept on the mainroad when the restaurant is open guiding you into the alley where it is located.
The interiors are quite modest, with three seating areas - the outdoor, the main area and the AC section, the hotel should have around 10 to 12 tables. Traditional wood work tables and a bar unit are off set with decor items from what must have been a typical portuguese house.
We first visited for dinner on a balmy night and sat in the central space of the restaurant. Their menu has a good spread of Goan - Portuguese items like reichad, cafreal, xacuti, vindaloo and sorpotel. Lots of pork items available which you may not find in many regular goan restaurants. Drinks are served too. We had a beer and a starter of mussels rava fry and pork spare ribs followed by a fish ambotik with rice and goan pao. The ambotik was superb and the perfect sour and spice that is its name. One of the best I have ever had in Goa. The Goan pao which is the local bread is like a dinner roll and was just the way I love my breads - cripsy on the outside, soft and spongy on the inside. The total cost of this meal was not more than Rs. 800.
Heartened by our first meal at Viva Panjim we returned for a light lunch on our last day in Panjim. This time we sat outside as the rain poured. We had chilled beer with our main course of Goan sausage chilly and pao. One of the best goan sausages i have had in Goa. Again the bill was not more than Rs. 500. However watch out for flies in the daytime if you sit on the seats outside the restaurant. Cant help it but they come with the rains.
Loved the old world feel of Viva Panjim. Will definitely recommend it to every one who wants to taste authentic Goan portuguese food. It is frequented by tourists (Indian and foreign) and the locals which speaks highly of its authenticity.
Service is also courteous without being overly friendly. The staff are attentive and recommend the right dishes based on your preferences.

  • Visited June 2014
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Panjim, India
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“Best place for chicken cafreal...”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a heritage home restaurant. And there is sitting arrangement outside too.. Well maintained house..and the recipes are authentic goan/portuguese.. The chicken cafreal is to die for. and the fish is really fresh.. Staff is helpful when comes to ordering the food. And the best part is the bill, the food is totally value for money. Dinner for 2 with drinks came to less than 500Rs. cannot ask for more with that quality of food. Absolutely enjoyed the dinner. Will definitely suggest this place to my friends. And i will visit more often !!

  • Visited June 2014
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“Good but Velha Goa was the Best”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

It had porcelain pottery handpainted by a local artist. Smallish gallery. But to see incredible porcelain and other historical objects visit Velha Goa next to Panjim Inn....

Visited June 2014
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