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Poker faces and nerves of steel are required at Soho’s La Bodega Negra, merely to brave it past the sleazy ‘strip club’ frontage. Once you get inside, however, you’ll be in the hands of serial on-trend restaurateur Will Ricker (the man who brought us E&O) and New York’s Serge Becker, who have created a sexy speakeasy out of an unpromising basement space. Pounding music, erotic art, fairy lights and distressed plasterwork ensure that the scene’s the thing, with the (rather mimsy) portions of pricey Mexican food playing second fiddle to the “fun” vibe. Lamb and soft-shell crab are the best of the tacos, while slow-roasted lamb barbacoa or octopus and chorizo skewers top the mains. The bar has Tequila on its mind: find it in a cheeky La Bodega ‘Negrani’, in flavoured and frozen Margaritas, and in straight shots or carafes.


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  1. Published : Thursday, 6 June 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: La Bodega Negra – London W1D

    Despite knowing full well what to expect, it still feels a bit naughty, walking through the doorway of what, for all intents and purposes, looks like a strip club. Yet as soon as you step inside, past the neon lit silhouettes of dancing ladies, nerves evaporate and intrigue takes over.

    La Bodega Negra is dark, seductive and incredibly cool, with a cavern-like feel which plays into the pretence that this is London’s best kept secret (that just about everyone knows about). The Mexican menu delivers, with colourful collaborations of tangy tastes and hits of chilli throughout...
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  1. On a sultry Soho night, the office Joes and Olympic trippers trooping down Old Compton hardly notice Kate Moss extinguish her cigarette and stalk back into the sex shop. Is it that regular round here to see a supermodel (retired) in a sex shop? Given the in crowd's current predilection for hip Mexican La Bodega Negra, hidden behind the porny facade, it's probably not that unusual dahling.Following Kate down the staircase to this modish modern Mexican is a crowd definitely more Chelsea than Soho, beautiful blonde embassy types squired by ex Bullingdon Clubbers. This isn't entirely a bad thing. They bray less when they're...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 13 December 2012

    Fd Over LDN :: This Mex is on Fire

    Standing outside La Bodega Negra, where the words ''Adult Video'' and ''Peep Show'' are emblazoned in bright red neon on the windows, you almost have to check twice you've got the right place. But fortune favours the brave, and once you go down the unassuming stairway, the cellar opens up to reveal a lively space. I really loved the atmosphere and decor of the place. A macabre blend of SoHo, NYC (where the original branch is located) and Soho, London, it has a kind of Bohemian Day of the Dead feel, which matches the modern Mexican tapas menu...
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  1. 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...

Essential Details for La Bodega Negra

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

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