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|Address:||151-153 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ|
|Tel:||020 7377 8418|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £30.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10pm (Tues-Sat -11pm) Sun 2-10pm|
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Still on a high from the phenomenal food during recent travels to the Yucatan Peninsula, I was craving Mexican. And no little cravings, I’m talking pregnant woman cravings. The bold flavours of the Mexican cuisine and I just get along. And most importantly, it is the source of one of the best things to hit our planet – Guacamole. Shoreditch is home to Boho Mexica, a small bohemian restaurant free from the tacky sombreros, lemonade Margaritas & greasy burritos that Mexican food often is stereotyped with.
The menu has three pages stacked with appetisers, tacos, mains and desserts. Too many dishes in my opinion but if Boho Mexica feel we deserve such a broad selection then we should not complain. Each with a lovely background story from the chef, adding a touch of personality to the kitchen. The Vera Cruz cocktail with Hendricks Gin, Aloe Vera, St Germain Elderflower, splash of soda & fresh lime is just as refreshing as it sounds. If you like your lime and elderflower, this is the one. We started our Mexican feast with Tostadas Tropicales, 2 crispy green plantain tostadas topped with chile marinated prawns, red cabbage, avocado & roasted habanero. Solid dish with bold flavours giving us an interesting first bite of the meal. If I may nit-pick, the cabbage was heavily acidic.
Also shared the Empanadas de Flor de Calabaza, 2 handmade turnovers filled with courgette flower & cheese topped with Tabasco style coleslaw & fresh salsa roja. These were delicious and the cheese was nicely melted on the inside. Felt lighter than a usual empanada which was probably a good thing considering more food was coming our way.
Tacos de Pezcaos, sautéed sea bass in aromatic herbs topped with boho coleslaw were okay, nothing more. Too much of the acidic cabbage overpowering the taste, leaving no breathing room for the sea bass underneath. Sticking to our seafood theme, we tasted the Pulpos Encebollados, sautéed calamari & baby octopus with chipotle chile & onions served with corn tortillas & moros con Cristianos. Sharp dish with a generous portion of calamari and octopus. There was this intense earthiness beaming off the plate with rich flavours and a savoury kick from the chile. A nice and wholesome end to our Mexican journey.
Boho Mexica is one of the better London Mexican restaurants in their price category. The bohemian vibe and intimate setting makes this a cozy start to an evening in Shoreditch. Overall pleased with our dinner, the generous portions and friendly service. The bathrooms weren't the freshest I've stumbled upon but will let it slide. Boho Mexica has more to show from their eclectic menu so might be returning soon.