- Telephone 0131 226 5145
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–2pm, 6–11pm; Sun 6–10pm
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 6–10.30pm; Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 6–10pm. [Extended in Festival].
- Average price £8.50 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.viva-mexico.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The Gonzalez family have been saying ‘viva Mexico’ at this colourfully decked-out tumble of rooms in Cockburn Street for over 28 years. It’s actually a big place, but the upstairs-downstairs-nooks-and-corners configuration means a big group dining won’t crowd out those looking for a more intimate ambience. The usual tortilla-based suspects are all here and packing as much fire as you like, but at Viva Mexico the clever thing is the way the heat of chilli is balanced with other ingredients to achieve complexity and depth of flavour. Green tomatillos and lemon juice combine with toasted chillis to enhance a beautiful cod steak, while pork al pastor adds a zing of pineapple to tastily charred meat. New for 2013 is the taqueria menu – traditional Mexican street food done tapas style with bite-sized tacos offering tastes of such main menu offerings as mutton marinated in beer, chicken with achiote, orange and lime juice, or tangy feta with spinach, spices and pinto beans. With a couple of stand-out homemade desserts to follow and a friendly, can-do ethos, Viva Mexico is an oldie but a goodie.
- High point: Hard to choose between Mum's chocolate chilli cheesecake and Gran's traditional flan especial
- Low point: The odd sad side salad
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Latin American music
- Capacity: 105
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1984
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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