March 9, 2017

Viva Chicken

“Food as good for you as it is delicious.”

Part of what makes going out to eat enjoyable is the experience as a whole. When atmosphere and background merge with taste and satisfaction, you have a winning combination. This is how I would describe dining at Viva Chicken. A Peruvian based restaurant, Viva’s signature menu item is the bone-in rotisserie style chicken. Even though Chicken is in its name, most menu items can be made to fit a vegetarian diet. Their menu isn’t huge, but large enough to give a good variety of options to choose from. It’s also important to mention that all of Viva Chickens poultry is free-range, and their serve ware and utensils are biodegradable. After placing your order, you seat yourself and your food is brought to your table when ready. The décor is simple, modern and clean. Viva offers catering, as well as a large private event room for large groups or parties.

The first item I tried was the Naked Peruvian Wrap, which came with organic quinoa, kale romaine mix, cucumber, tomato, queso fresco, rocoto mayo, and avocado. I added rotisserie chicken, and after seeing the additional “extras”, opted to add MORE avocado, provolone cheese and jalapeno bacon, because you had me at avocado, cheese and bacon. However, in hindsight, the wraps size may not have been designed to hold all those goods. It was filled to the brim, and biting into it was a challenge. I’m sure I looked anything but graceful as I dug in to that beast, but I don’t regret it. Next time, I’d pass on the extra avocado, but keep the rest the same.

One of their most popular dishes is the Quinoa Stuffed Avocado. I love avocado anything, so this was a must try for me. You can order either a half or full avocado, which is then piled high with organic quinoa, red pepper, rocoto mayo, balsamic vinaigrette, and the option to add shredded rotisserie chicken. The avocado itself was of prefect ripeness, something that I’ve found difficult to find in local store bought avocados. At first glance, I didn’t think that the meal would fill me up. But after finishing, I felt perfectly satisfied.

There were two options for dessert – Tres Leches cake and churros. It was a difficult decision to choose between the two, so naturally I chose both. The Tres Leches cake was a first for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cake was light and not super sweet, and had a milky, creamy custard like center. It was topped with whip cream and diced mango. The churro was hands down the best churro I’ve ever had, even better than the Holy Grail of churros – the Disneyland Churro. It had a light cinnamon cream filling on the inside, and a delightfully crispy cinnamon sugar outside. I could eat one (or a few) of these every day and never get tired of them.

Over at the drink/condiment bar there were 3 juices to choose from – Herbal Limeade, Maracuya or passion fruit juice, and Chicha Morada, made with Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, clove, pineapple, apple, and limes. The Herbal Limeade was definitely the fan favorite. This lightly sweetened limeade is flavored with subtle hints of basil, rosemary, and mint, and was different than any lemonade I’ve ever tried. I didn’t feel like I was drinking the cavity-inducing-sugar-saturated gas station style lemonade. This was light and refreshing, and would hit the spot on one of St. George’s infamous 100+ degree hot summer days.

St. George definitely needed Viva Chicken. With more and more people seeking out unique and healthy meal options, Viva Chicken will continue to be a dining hot-spot for the foreseeable future.


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