Vivaanta – meaning “to live well and gracefully” – is a restaurant with a vision. They seek to offer more than the standard Indian restaurant staples, particularly through their emphasis on fresh seafood and rarely-seen curries to complement the lashings of spices and fresh ingredients that one would expect to see. Their location couldn’t be better – on Holiday Wharf off Waterfront Walk in Birmingham city centre – and their menu is long enough to keep punters guessing, whilst short enough to perfect every dish.
The food was good and well presented however the restaurant was cold and didn’t feel very comfortable. I would try again on a summers day
Fantastic food at good prices, excellent service, we'll definitely be going back. The only thing I didn't like was the chutneys with the poppadums, no mango chutney or onion salad but overall an excellent meal.
It looks quite competitively priced but when you add on the bread, rice etc. it's definitely not. But my main gripe was the service which was pitifully slow (and they only had few tables of people in so it wasn't busy by any stretch of the imagination).
Vivaanta is ploughing a lone furrow in the Birmingham curry scene. Or fishing a lone rod, if you will. An Indian menu which includes a huge range of seafood-based dishes is rarely seen in the land of the Balti Triangle, but if you get yourself down to the suitably-named Waterfront Walk in Birmingham city centre, you can pick up an Indian meal that is less “oh my Gosht” and more about prawn-again pakora recipes.
Birmingham may be so saturated in curry houses that it can be hard to choose between them, but down at Waterfront Walk, Vivaanta are offering something unique. As well their superb selection of seafood curries, they also add to the usual repertoire of Indian restaurants with a range of recipes lesser spotted in Birmingham city centre and the Balti Triangle: Kyberi Kari is a North Pakistani delicacy served sizzling to your table, whereas the whole lamb shank Jholl Tarkari is a house favourite. We recommend booking your table nice and early – after all, this is a city centre restaurant in a prime dining district so it can get very busy.