Katong Square may not be the first place you think of for food, but venture in, and you’ll find a couple of underrated spots and hidden gems worth checking out. As an East-sider who frequently hangs out in Katong, there is certainly more to it than meets the eye. Here’s an alternative to the typical cafes the buzzy neighbourhood is populated with — Viva Loca Restaurant & Bar.
Viva Loca strives to be a space where everyone can “Feel The Passion, Follow Your Dreams, Live Crazy“. On the contrary, the interiors do not evoke party vibes and are instead reminiscent of a romantic European patio. Natural light streams in through the skylight, giving the illusion of an al fresco dining experience.
Perch yourself on a bar stool amidst the florals and climbing vines, and snap away. There are plenty of photo ops in this beautiful IG-worthy space — you might even trick your friends into thinking you’re actually overseas, sipping wine in some idyllic Italian courtyard.
The menu can be best described as a mix of Spanish, Mexican, and Indian fare. From pizzas to tacos, and even a selection of Indian street food, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.
Although the restaurant prides itself on tapas-inspired small plates, portions here are very generous, so come hungry. Don’t forget to order appetisers like Garlic Mushrooms, Char Grilled Baby Corn, or spicy Viva Loca “Encik” Wings.
As for mains, bestsellers include the hearty Chimichanga, Viva Loca Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and Chicken Quesadillas. Top it off with a frozen margarita and you’re all set.
Speaking of alcohol, happy hour promotions are aplenty, so don’t forget to get the party started by ordering a round of beers from the “old town tavern” bar counter.
Who knows? Viva Loca might become your newest go-to for brunch, drinks, and everything in between.
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