July 19, 2014

VIVO Las Apple Valley

Bright light city gonna feed my soul, gonna feed my soul with some food. That bright light city isn’t quite the lit up city that Vegas might be and the soul pleasuring food I found could give some the finest restaurants in Vegas a run for their money as well. That place my friends is VIVO Kitchen where I had one of the best meals ever.

It was a nice Friday evening and my wife and I were trying to think of a new place to try in town and she mentioned VIVO. I would have invited Elvis, but well, we all know that’s not possible. We’ve been wanting to check it out since we heard of its opening, so my wife, parents and I made some reservations. VIVO Kitchen is quite large and the patios, yes plural, are large and the scenery is wonderful. The inside is very modern with an open kitchen and as I mentioned, large! And now, it’s time for the food.

My mother and I decided on the Halibut which just so happens to be my favorite fish when it’s prepared correctly. My wife went with the Salmon and my dad decided on a Filet. We’ll start with the Filet. My dad isn’t a huge Filet guy, but he went for it and he was happy he did. He said it was prepared perfectly and while I didn’t take a bite, it really did look awesome and was definitely juicy looking.

I wasn’t a big salmon eater for the longest time and I think it’s because I was given some really bad salmon many years ago. This Wood Grilled Copper River Salmon that my wife ordered was easily the best salmon I’ve ever had and the accompanying whole grain red pepper risotto was insane. I almost wanted to devour my wife’s meal, but I was busy enjoying mine as well and that’s where we’re heading next.

The first time I had the opportunity to try halibut was in high school and I was hooked. I’ve had bad halibut and I’ve had really good halibut. VIVO’s Alaskan Halibut was easily the best halibut I’ve ever had and when it comes to a seafood meal, this was the very best. A very generous filet atop some outstanding red pepper mashed potato with some delicious olive oil around the outside of the plate for dipping. WOW! My mother chose to replace her taters with asparagus which you will never see me doing!

We finished off the evening with some Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta with caramel, crushed Butterfingers and whipped cream for all of us to share. While I was hesitant to dig in with the soul/mouth pleasuring that was going on from my meal, I had to try it. Good decision? YES! If you plan to get a desert following dinner, this is a must!

One of the most unique things about VIVO Kitchen is that everything is made from scratch, in house and everything comes from local farms and businesses. They’re ensuring that they are providing the very freshest ingredients to their customers and it definitely shows. They serve what’s in season and because of that, the menu is always evolving and changing which helps with the freshness. How I wish that there were more than the twenty-four hours in the day… And I had a whole lot of money that was ready to burn. I would spend a lot of evenings at VIVO, it really is that good! 

VIVO Kitchen
15435 Founders Ln
Apple Valley, MN 55124 

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