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(Closed) La Viva (Chijmes)

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This Spanish tapas bar has a number of tapas dishes as well as heartier meals for those who don't want to pick at small plates. They also have sangria and a selection of Pimm's.

Daily: 15:00 - 01:00

+65 63394290
$49 based on 19 submissions
Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (7 votes), Dinner (7 votes), After Work (5 votes)
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Chill out with spanish cuisine

Tapas:

Mushroom in cream sauce ($12), spicy garlic beef ($13) and salad of chicken ($15) were tasty and served hot. Yes, this included the salad as the chicken was served hot.

Seafood Paella ($30) was tasty with good and generous mix of mussels (3 pieces), prawns and squid.

Creme Brulee ($9) served with chocolate ice cream was served well to end the meal.

They had 2 set tapas including desserts at $88++ for 2 persons, which I think is pretty good value if you are not getting any main course or paellas.

Dining under the stars need not be a warm affair in tropical Singapore, especially when the restaurant provides fans. Dining in the surroundings of CHIJMES is always a relaxing experience, unless its World Cup or other big sporting event when many bars in CHIJMES would then hold gatherings.

Waiting staff were generally attentive and helpful. 1 of the staff was obviously inexperienced judging from the way she served and cleared the table, but this was compensated by the more experienced staff who quickly came up to help.

Happy hour was 4-9pm for you to enjoy house pours and beers. Erdinger (500ml) cost $11 during this period.

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• 18 Aug 2012 • 102 reviews • 36 followers

Chill out with spanish cuisine

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Tapas:

Mushroom in cream sauce ($12), spicy garlic beef ($13) and salad of chicken ($15) were tasty and served hot. Yes, this included the salad as the chicken was served hot.

Seafood Paella ($30) was tasty with good and generous mix of mussels (3 pieces), prawns and squid.

Creme Brulee ($9) served with chocolate ice cream was served well to end the meal.

They had 2 set tapas including desserts at $88++ for 2 persons, which I think is pretty good value if you are not getting any main course or paellas.

Dining under the stars need not be a warm affair in tropical Singapore, especially when the restaurant provides fans. Dining in the surroundings of CHIJMES is always a relaxing experience, unless its World Cup or other big sporting event when many bars in CHIJMES would then hold gatherings.

Waiting staff were generally attentive and helpful. 1 of the staff was obviously inexperienced judging from the way she served and cleared the table, but this was compensated by the more experienced staff who quickly came up to help.

Happy hour was 4-9pm for you to enjoy house pours and beers. Erdinger (500ml) cost $11 during this period.

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• 05 Jan 2012 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Little trip to Spain

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It was a bit late one evening during the week, my Boyfriend and I wanted to quickly go out for a bite, but still somewhere nice. we walked over to Chijmes and tried out La Viva Tapas Bar. We will definitely return. The service was impeccable. We ordered and not 5 mins later, the food started to come out. I love having a little taste of everything, so this is perfect and also for a late nite meal . The Sangria is homemade too.
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• 17 Nov 2011 • 68 reviews • 3 followers

Six&Seven Reviews La Viva Spanish Bar & Tapas

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La Viva Spanish Tapas and Bar

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When my friend suggested we catch up over a late dinner, and was feeling slightly adventurous with food, I suggested we go to a tapas bar. I have always been a huge fan of tapas bars particularly because of its wide variety (it’s like Spanish dim sum). I blame that on my inherent Chinese upbringing – as a child I always had 4 to 5 dishes on the table as opposed to a starter, main and dessert in other cultures. Additionally, the small bite sizes of tapas do not distract dinner conversations unlike a main course.

I suggested we meet at La Viva Spanish Tapas and Bar located at Chijmes. I do enjoy the quaint rustic air of Chijmes, and I would love the alfresco dining option even more if they had solved their pest problems. Nevertheless, I was curious if La Viva was able to top my favourite tapas bar in Singapore.

Thankfully Happy Hour stretches from 5pm to 9pm; when we were seated down slightly shy of 9pm, I ordered my pint of Erdinger to take the edge off my Wednesday. Didn’t you get the memo? Wednesdays are the new Fridays.

As it was a late dinner, and we were all weight conscious diners (the irony of a food blogger), we limited our orders to 4 tapas.

We started with the Pan fried Chorizo with garlic. Chorizos are a type of pork sausages. The first bite offered a burst of flavours, but that was before the saltiness of the sausages kicked in. Subsequent bites and I wondered why the sausages were so dry and tough. I suspect that as the slices of sausages were too thin, pan-frying it led to its dryness.

The next was Sea scallops with thermidor sauce. The scallops were fresh – sweet, juicy and chewy, but the pan seared was a little over done. After ordering the dish, I had to google what was thermidor sauce. Apparently, according to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, lobster thermidor is a French dish that is lobster meat cooked with egg yolks and brandy or cognac. Sounded impressive, but it read better than it tasted. It did in no way contribute to the flavours of the scallop; in fact, eating it by itself is a tad sour.

Our third tapa was the Homemade meatballs in tomato sauce. The meatballs were nice and flavourful, with the meat filling a juicy texture. It is hard to be impressed with meatballs, especially when you’ve had the ones from Ikea or Torte. La Viva  doesn’t top the list, but it is a close consolation. My only regret was the restaurant not serving bread with this dish; the tomato gravy would have gone oh too well.

The final tapa to be served, which was quite the highlight too, was the Sauteed mushroom and avocado coulis. It was a masterpiece of various textures. The mushroom is chewy, avocado creamy and the bread soft. You will be greeted first with the rich mushroom taste, which then follows with the good sweet-sour lingering taste of avocado.

La Viva offers commercialized tapas at the tourist entrapment known as Chijmes. If you were on a hunt for a rustic tapas bar, I would recommend going to Zsofi Tapas Bar instead. While Chijmes offers a similar old-stoned feel common in Spain, it lacks the hustle and bustle that is common in tapas bars.

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If you like our review, please drop by Six & Seven!

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