Stoke Newington has already established itself as the home of London’s hippest hipsters, and with the addition of Viva Dalston on Stoke Newington Road, there are no signs of this slowing down. This Mexican eatery is striking out in an area known for its plethora of great Turkish restaurants. Bringing together a crowd that is young, fun and keen to try anything, the tapas and cocktail blend is proving to be a winning combination for London’s East End.
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Lovely place for cocktails and food would recommend. Staff were friendly too!
Very good food. Good atmosphere and good music! Overall we had a great evening. Despite the initial hiccup with our large booking. We booked for 10 but were given a table that would sit 6 people at a squeeze. All was sorted in the end, but I guess it would have been easier and smoother if our large table had been ready for us and we didnt have to make other customers move.
The staff, especially Emma, were so attentive and welcoming to me and guest. I would highly recommend this place for parties, fun dinners and or date nights!
Since throwing open its doors in 2012, Viva Dalston on Stoke Newington Road (just up the road from Dalston Junction) has gone from strength to strength. It made a name for itself as a reliably good cocktail joint, serving industrial strength margaritas and Mad Men-style whiskey sours with small plates of Mexico’s finest cuisine in London. There is little about Mexican food that is subtle, but insofar as Viva seeks to serve big flavours at affordable prices, it is succeeding enormously.
This being London’s Stoke Newington, there is a predictable uniformity in the area’s restaurants and Viva Dalston knows its lines perfectly. Expect bare brick walls and kitschy furnishings at this Stoke Newington Road eatery, together with East End-standard bar staff with tattoo sleeves. This adds to some of the place’s charm – after all this is home to Mexican food, but they don’t want you to forget that this is Mexico in Shacklewell. Guests are encouraged to pick from a menu which demonstrates the kitchen’s fondness for simplicity – there’s nachos and tacos aplenty here, just don’t expect anything too fancy. Diners are heading here for great food with even better cocktails in an atmosphere befitting its Stoke Newington locale.