Some fusion cuisines make a lot more sense on paper than others. Whilst I’d probably give Indo-Italian and Polish-Mexican food a swerve, the Indo-Mexican food served by Whitchurch Road’s Vivo Amigo sort of makes sense.
Replacing pork pibil or beef birria with chicken tikka or beef madras in a taco or burrito is essentially just substituting one type of spice-packed protein for another, isn’t it?
I'm trying to convince myself here as much as you.
Vivo Amigo’s culinary fusion hits you from the moment you walk through the door with a colourful mural combining Bollywood and Mexican Day of the Dead influences.
It carries through into the drinks menu too as we knocked back ice cold bottles of Kingfisher (£4.20) and Sol (£3).
As well as fusion dishes such as smoked pulled beef madras burritos, paneer bhurji empanadas and kerala beef pepper fry quesadillas, Vivo Amigo’s menu features a small selection of curries for those who don’t want to fuse their cuisines. However, you’d be missing out on some deliciously fun flavour combinations.
Amritsari fish tacos (£7.95) combined crisp corn tacos loaded with flaky white fish coated in a golden spiced batter alongside an Indian-spiced mixed pepper salsa and pickled cabbage with plenty of zip and zing.
Crunchy nachos (£6.25) were loaded with a fresh salsa, tangy sour cream, thick guacamole and melted cheese. The kicker was a pile of creamy spice-layered paneer butter masala which was loaded with pieces of lightly chewy cheese.
An enchilada (£11.95) saw a soft flour tortilla stuffed with tender well-spiced tandoori chicken, onions and peppers accompanied by buttery and earthy spiced dal makhani, a rich and tangy tomato-based curry sauce, cardamom-fragranced biryani and grated cheese. It was a tasty bit of Indian comfort food in Mexican attire.
We had a good time at Vivo Amigo, their fresh and spice-packed fusion food is very different and it’s an interesting addition to Whitchurch Road’s increasingly impressive food and drink scene.
Address - Vivo Amigo, 138 Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff CF14 3LZ
Telephone - 02921328024