Viva Goa - Page 2

A plethora of vindaloos distinguishes this intriguing Indian spot on Lombard

Mussels tikka at Viva Goa

Did I say Madhur Jaffrey's recipes rely on easily-got ingredients? They do, with one exception: fresh curry leaves. These are not easy to find (she recommends basil or kaffir lime leaves as substitutes), but they somehow turned up in Viva Goa's malabar jinga ($7.99), an arrangement of shelled, sautéed prawns napped with a spicy red sauce that looked like caponata but with a much stronger kick, aromatic and exotic.

To round out the proceedings, starch-wise, are many of the usual suspects, from basmati rice to naan ($1.99, made with whole-wheat flour) and paratha ($2.50, basically buttered naan). There are also (for $1.50) fine pappadum. These would be excellent for cleaning up any leftover sauce, except they lose so much of their magic when cool. Luckily, they're almost sure to be gone long before then.


Dinner: nightly, 5–10 p.m.

Lunch: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun., noon–3 p.m.

2420 Lombard, SF

(415) 440-2600

Beer and wine


Not noisy

Wheelchair accessible


Well shoot, I was going to say that they're easy to find at Bombay Bazaar on Valencia, but apparently this place was shut down last fall! I'm trying to find out what happened. Anyway, I think any Indian grocery store will have some, and they keep a long time in the fridge without going bad.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 03, 2011 @ 11:48 am

They are " very available " at the Indian Grocery on POLK nearer POST on the
west side betwn. POST n SUTTER across from I think METRO PCS ?
I think it's called INDIA BAZAAR - around the corner from MAHARANI's RESTAURANT ! It's much cleaner and smaller than BOMBAY BAZAAR used to be !!! Fresh lentils n Rice, variety of Mango/Lime Pickles and a good assortment of Indian cookies like "chocolate bourbon biscuits", Haldiram's Khara or savory
snack packs and a range of Indian Ayurvedic / Natural soaps, cosmetic needs,
toothpaste and CHAVANAPRASH !!!!!!!!!!!CK IY OUT FOLKS .....:-) !!

Posted by Guest Anwar Hussain on Feb. 07, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

'Vindaloo'? thats is not how it is pronounced in Portugal nor Goa (where it originated from ) and there is nothing indian in 'vinhdayo' lol - if you mean 'Vinhdayo' !!vinhdayo is a portuguese dish - it means - a pork meat dish prepared /marinated and cooked in portuguese spices which primarily has a strong red wine (Vinho) infused with garlic (ayos) Wine and garlic - hence the name VINHDAYO.

Posted by Guest Wanda on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

Udupi Palace on Valencia at 21st Street has curry leaves in their food as well, there is no substitute and any effort at Indian cooking without them falls flat.


Posted by marcos on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

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