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A smaller, street-level version of sibling La Bodega Negra, this good-time Mexican diner might exude a ‘buzzy, casual vibe’, but it’s
just as much of a devil to get into as its more ambitious counterpart, with staff fiercely policing the first-come, first-served queues. A central bar dispenses margaritas, daiquiri and the like,
while the walls of the dining room are plastered with colourful Mexican posters and echo to a bouncy pop soundtrack. Easy snacks dominate the menu (think crisp tostadas with chunky guacamole and
salsa fresca, hearty huevos rancheros and griddled quesadillas), although many dishes, including lukewarm tacos and so-so tostaditas, pack none of the punch typical of flavour-filled Mexican
cuisine. In the end it’s all about the oh-so-cool Soho vibe, as the place fills up with curious tourists, post-work punters and first dates.
There are two sides to Bodega Negra.Half of it is a fun, loud Soho restaurant which looks much like any other, and serves up some pretty good Mexican food for quite reasonable prices. It’s like Wahaca, but it’s all dressed up and ready to party. (It might be drunk).The other half is a top secret subterranean lair accessed via an illuminated entrance to a seedy-looking sex shop. (This bit’s definitely drunk).The entrance looks so authentic you’ll hesitate for a moment or so, but you must soldier on, explorer...
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