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.
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.