La Viga is not your traditional Mexican restaurant. It blends Mexican dishes with fresh seafood and creates unique flavor combinations. It is situated at one end of Broadway and we usually get to it via Whipple rather than go through busy Redwood City downtown. The restaurant is nicely decorated with high ceilings and decent spacing between tables. Parking can be a little difficult but doable.
We came as a group of 4. We got healthy helpings of tortilla chips with their special sauce that was spicy and delicious. We started with 2 ceviche dishes. A Camaron that had did not skimp on shrimps and a pescado. Both had totally different taste profiles but were delicious with a sweat and tart flavors and a little kick. We also ordered several tapas, the Cochinita, Salmon and Pescado. They were just the right size and were flavorful and fresh.
For the main dish, I had the Mariscada, which had the overall appearance of a paella but not as wet. It was really good and I cleaned my plate. My wife got the cochinta Pibil which was yucatan style natural braised pork cooked with creamy plantain rice, homemade corn tortillas, queso fresco and several other items. I love pork so I helped my wife eat her dinner as well. Quantities were quite large and the overall food was fresh, well made, tasty and made a really nice dinner.
I should also mentioned that we order a sangria that had lots of fruit and healthy dose of alcohol which I think may have been brandy but it went very well with the dinner. We ended it all with their famous churros stuffed with bavarian cream & chocolate sauce, and a bread pudding that was moist but not too sweat.
Overall an outstanding meal in a nice restaurant. This was not inexpensive but definitely worth it. However, you better make a reservation as there was quite a crown gathered outside waiting for a table while we ate.
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