Being part Mexican myself, I am always up for Mexican dining. The powerful flavours and fusion of ingredients are amazing and there’s something a little more ‘homely’ and grounded about this type of cuisine. Mexican food is always evolving. The first staples were corn and beans, and new ingredients and spices have slowly been introduced over the years to make “Mexican Food” what it is today.
It was a Saturday night so it was decided to go to the trendy La Bodega Negra. Nick thought it was his lucky day when I took him outside an Adult Video store with neon lights flashing ‘Adult Video’ and ‘Peep Show’, even on the door is a sign advertising Private Dances. Sorry babe, but food is my porn so I led him down the stairs to the Mexican restaurant. I have dined here before, more so casually, but this was a special occasion.
The restaurant and bar area was super busy and it wasn’t long before we were seated to our table, a dimly corner marked off seated underneath an Oh! sign. This place can be visited just for the bar area. I mean, it was completely packed out, the music was so loud – a great night out vibe for drinks. The restaurant area is a little quieter, still with a buzzy atmosphere playing house music and the occasional Barry White remix !
We started the evening with some Australian Wine, love the name – Spee’ Wah!
We ordered a few dishes, it’s recommended that you order 3/4 dishes to share so we went with :
Ceviche Baja | Seabass and Citrus – so fresh and tasty, it was just a such a shame there was so little of this as it was so incredible! I am a great lover of Ceviche so a larger portion would have been fabulous.
Tacos | Beef Beef with Salsa Comal and Camaron, Avocado and Chipotle Crema
Now you cannot come to a Mexican restaurant and not sample the tacos. These were absolutely delicious, bursting with flavour and the shells were so soft you could make a neat little wrap with them to encase all the ingredients. I strongly recommend these bad boys!
Haberno Soft Shell Crab with Chilito and Jalapeno Dressing. I would say this was my least favourite dish as it lacked in flavour however there was no denying this was cooked to perfection and looked pretty in presentation. Next time I come here (because there will be a next time ;), I think I would order the Octopus and Chorizo Skewers.
My favourite time; dessert time and what better way to finish off your meal than with Churros. I am a BIG Churros fan, I must have been to Winter Wonderland 5 times last year just to pick up a bag of them …. So back to La Bodega Negra, these were heaven, sprinkled with a cinnamon sweet topping. Again, I would highly recommend these to finish off the meal – it might be a little heavy as a dessert choice but trust me it is worth it.
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The location is great, it’s quirky and you are guaranteed a great night. The bill came at around £100, the only criticism would be that the plates are on the small side – the food tasted so good you need more of it but we had a wonderful night so you cannot really put a price on that – can you tell by these faces? 😛
Haha but seriously, a restaurant to put on your 2015 to do list.
You’ll find them here: 9 Old Compton Street W1D 5JF not to be confused with the cafe that’s on the next street, Moore Street.
But make reservations here: 0207 758 4100 and here: INFO@
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