Recently I have been staying at the Royal Orchid Sheraton and while the food is very good there I discovered Viva & Aviv in the adjacent River City Mall. There is outdoor seating right on the dock, with a low vibe of Leonard Cohen's somewhat haunting music in the background. It is now my go to place, both for lunch and dinner. Every single dish that I have tried has been excellent and beautifully presented. The drink selection is wide ranging and all are excellent. I have tried calamari; wings; ribs; fresh oysters (huge and tasty); grilled tiger prawns; pork skewer; Pad Thai; & Khao Pad Goong--and their fries excel. I order them will every meal. Not a complaint among the lot. A word of caution, however, the wings and the ribs (while cooked perfectly) are very bland without a hint of heat or spicy. If that is not your preference, be sure to ask them to kick it up a notch or two (pet mok). Also, the mixed olives appetizer is served warm (as in temp not spice). First time I have encountered that. Service is great and when not too busy the manager will stop and chat. After a couple of visits you are recognized as a regular and more visits makes the experience even better. River City is the embarkation point for many dinner cruise ships so the restaurant gets crowded during early evening with folks having drinks while waiting to board. At most other times it is pretty much wide open. A most delightful spot with great food and drinks and a wonderful staff.
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