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Pan-Asian promoter Will Ricker (of E&O fame) sidesteps the cactus-and-dayglo shtick with his brooding take on a Mexican cantina, which lets "excellent" food and drink do the talking – alongside thumping beats. Brave it past the faux sex-shop neon signs out front, and head down to the hacienda-style basement with crumbling brick walls, risqué art and curved beige banquettes. The menu incorporates Mexican staples, from rich braised beef tacos to cheese-stuffed quesadillas with a herbal epazote tang – although grilled and roasted meats are at its salsa-splattered heart. Be sure to explore the short list of exemplary ceviches, and don't neglect the salads – perhaps pickled watermelon and queso fresca. Prices are steep (go for the eight-dish tasting menu), but Tequilas, mezcals and Margaritas should help to ease the pain.

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    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD!: LA BODEGA NEGRA, SOHO

    On Saturday night Pascal and I went to a Mexican restaurant in Soho to celebrate his birthday for the third time. La Bodega Negra is not your usual restaurant and it is not for the faint hearted. Firstly you have to enter through the facade of a sex shop and once in, you are confronted by a mannequin dressed up as a gimp.

    Maybe not a place to take the in laws?!

    The restaurant itself is lower ground and cave like with erotic art, several booth like tables, pounding music and very low lighting. We were shown to our table and it was so close to the table next to us, I was practically sitting on my...
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    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: This little piggy loves food la Bodega Negra Soho

    On Saturday night Pascal and I went to a Mexican restaurant in Soho to celebrate his birthday for the third time. La Bodega Negra is not your usual restaurant and it is not for the faint hearted. Firstly you have to enter through the facade of a sex shop and once in, you are confronted by a mannequin dressed up as a gimp.
    Maybe not a place to take the in laws?!
    The restaurant itself is lower ground and cave like with erotic art, several booth like tables, pounding music and very low lighting. We were shown to our table and it was so close to the table next to us, I was practically sitting on my neighbour&s...
    More from THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! »

Essential Details for La Bodega Negra

  • Address: 9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF
  • Telephone: 020 7758 4100
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 6pm-1am (Sun -12M)
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £42.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £42.00

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