Mexican restaurants are popping up constantly in London, and in Soho particularly. The Mexican Queen of Soho undoubtedly is La Bodega Negra. There is the street level café that only takes reservations at lunch, and the hidden secret restaurant round the corner where you’re not getting in without a reservation.
The restaurant is a lively bare brick series of rooms and caverns in a basement entered via a fake sex shop with neon light signs in the blackened windows. It makes for a great lively atmosphere with superb music.
Thankfully the menu isn’t about burritos, rice and beans, it’s about clean crisp fresh Mexican flavours served up via a tight selection of tacos, grill plates, hot plates, ceviche and tostadas, all washed down with Margaritas and Mezcalitas.
The soft shell crab tacos are not to be missed; the crab is crisp, succulent and almost the same size as the taco itself. It’s hard not to love sea bass ceviche and
La Bodega Negra’s version with pink grapefruit and their leche de tigre is a great version, the firm texture and light flavour of the sea bass pairs beautifully with the bitter grapefruit. To finish make sure you have the churros to dip in the beautifully bitter chocolate sauce.
If you’re after a good selection of Mexican plates to share, La Bodega Negra is the place for you, but if you want to just stuff yourself with tacos – and who doesn’t from time to time – then Tacos El Pastor in Borough is a better place to head as the tacos selection is much greater and you’ll love the tequila menu.
London Lamppost Score – 3.5/5
La Bodega Negra
9 Old Compton Street
16 Moor Street