Each time we’ve been to Vivo on a Friday/weekend, Serenity has been full and we weren’t really inclined to wait when we didn’t know what the standard was. Today was a weekday lunch, so they were pretty empty and we decided to give it a try.
We wanted a simple light meal, so we ordered a selection of tapas. Well, it turned out to be pretty light, but certainly not simple or cheap. Their portions are pretty small for the price.
We tried 2 breads – their signature loaf with aioli, and a flatbread with anchovies, peppers and cheese. They were both so-so, and nothing like the one from Osia we had just the day before. The aioli in particular was disappointing. It tasted like a mild garlic scented mayonnaise, rather than the thick yellow spread that aioli is supposed to be.
They were out of the long beans and jamon that I wanted, so we had the asparagus wrapped in bacon, which was alright. The beef with onions was ok too, some slices being more tender than others.
The only thing that was really worth a mention was the octopus with smoked paprika and potatoes, which was prepared quite well – nice and tender.
In fact, my general impression of everything we had was that it was just average. Nothing outstanding, but not exactly bad either. Passable, but not the cheapest. I’d rather go to Don Quijote.
I went with very low expectations so I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t that bad, but not exactly stellar for the price you pay.
Would I go back? Maybe. But it definitely wouldn’t be the first thing I’d think of at Vivo.
Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
Sun to Thurs: 11 am to 11 pm
Fri to Sat: 11 am to 12 midnight