Review of La Bodega Negra Cafe, Soho, London

After being turned away from 3 other restaurants due an hour waiting list – what recession eh? Blogging contributor Lucy and I walked the streets of Soho London determined to find somewhere warm with good food. We stumbled across La Bodega Negra Cafe (the restaurant needed reservations!)

VERY different exterior compared it’s big sister ….

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Serving up Mexican classics such as tacos & quesadillas, ceviche is also the main dish served at the cafe. The only time I’ve had Mexican food is Wahaca which always leaves me feeling bloated, the food is stodgy and I leave wearing most of my meal.

The interior was dim lighted and romantic, amazingly turning a daytime cafe into a soft ambience restaurant. The bar was lit up with tealight candles and an array of coloured bottles which gleamed in the darkness.

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One red and green habanero chilli sauces decorate the table.

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Passionfruit fizz was gorgeous! tangy grapefruit against the exotic passionfruit and blood red cranberry juice was refreshing – great palette cleanser.

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The guacamole was sublime, fresh chunks of creamy ripe avocado (not beaten to a sloppy paste) gave it texture with subtle hints of onion and coriander for some extra crunch. The other sauces included a salsa verde, spicy tomato sauce (Mexican ketchup), there were two others but I couldn’t tell what they were as the restaurant was too dark to see.

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Gringa quesadillas were delicious! smokey chucks and slithers of tender pork with a delicate sprinkling of salsa verde, melted cheese and sour cream. Beautifully toasted, these triangular parcels were light not greasy or soggy. The mature cheese and cream was not overpowering but simply a great companiment to the pork.

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Lucy’s Chorizo quesadillas hit the spot, chopped up spicy smoked chorizo with cheese, salsa and sour cream was divine.

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While there’s a time and a place for greasy Mexican food, the fare at Bodega Negra is a bit more fancy. Not pretentious at all comfortable laid back surroundings, quality ingredients and tasty food is a winner. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this place but for me it was perfect, the waiters were handsome and dressed well, the prices are slightly higher than a high street chain but that’s what you get for a great restaurant in Soho. Perfect for a date, lunch with the girls or even with the family, I’ll be back soon!

London Mexican street food at it’s best!

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