21 April 2014

La Bodega Negra

9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF

£42.00 Mexican Soho

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  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £42.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-1am (Sun -12M)

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This subterranean Mexican impersonates a sex shop at street level, but make it past the bouncer and you’ll find a dining room convincingly tricked out as an atmospheric wine cellar, with flickering lamps, peeling plaster and barrel-filled alcoves – courtesy of restaurateurs Will Ricker (E&O et al) and Serge Becker (New York’s La Esquina). The Tequila bar offers winningly flavoured margaritas, while the kitchen dispatches ‘fun’ sharing plates that are ‘more sex-mex than Tex-Mex’ – from chilli-hot steak tacos and crab tostaditas to tender chicken paillard lathered in punchy mole sauce or gargantuan Madagascan prawns brushed with garlicky butter. Celebs abound, service is swift – if sometimes ‘disorganised’ – and the timelessly cool soundtrack keeps feet tapping. The bill might raise eyebrows, but you’re paying for the electric atmosphere. Upstairs (and around the corner) is a café dispensing cocktails and greatest hits from the restaurant menu.

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  1. La Bodega Negra

    9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF
    Overall rating:
    John C.

    Better than the first time, but needs to be more consistent


    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. La Bodega Negra

    9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF
    Overall rating:
    Katya I.

    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 4

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  3. La Bodega Negra

    9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF
    Overall rating:
    Richard E.
      Platinum Reviewer  (130)
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 5

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  1. 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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  2. Published : Thursday, 13th 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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  3. 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 out of their comfort zone and here just provide a slightly well-to-do wallpaper...
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Essential Details for La Bodega Negra

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £42.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £42.00

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