La Bodega Negra, Soho, London

My partner booked dinner for us at La Bodega Negra for a Saturday night. Prior to the evening, I wasn’t allowed to know where we were going as it was a surprise... I was suspicious already! Well, you can imagine my surprise when we arrived at a sex shop in Soho! We walked through the ‘peep show’ doors and feeling quite unnerved, I started to question my taste in men.

He took me down the stairs and into a dark and moody restaurant centered around the bar, art deco furniture and Mexican posters covered the walls. I was quite impressed; I loved the underground/sex shop façade concept!

La Bedegra Negra serves gourmet style Mexican. The menu isn’t very extensive, but the Tacos are definitely the star of the menu; the Soft Shell Crab Tacos in particular. The crab was cooked very well and tasted superb with the chipotle crème and a squeeze of fresh lime, so good we ordered two serves! After a little breather and a cocktail, we tried the Pork Belly and Chicken Quesadilla’s which were pleasant, but not overly impressive.

There is an overwhelmingly large choice of drinks, but the friendly waiters are quite knowledgeable and are happy to recommend or surprise you with a cocktail to match your meal.

Overall, the service was great and I enjoyed the food but the portion sizes are a bit small for the price. The venue is super trendy without the pretentious staff - casual dress code included. I give it a 7/10; give it a go for a fun Saturday night out!

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