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|Address:||9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF|
|Tel:||020 7758 4100|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 6pm-1am (Sun -12M)|
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I first went to Bodega Negra in its early stages of life and in truth it was pretty terrible with poor food and totally chaotic staff.
Happily, I can report after a second recent visit that the whole enterprise is now much more slick, with great service from our Scottish waiter (his name escapes me) and very well executed cocktails from the competent bar team. The food is much better than before, but I wish it was more consistent between the dishes so that it rises above a competent but average standard.
Seafood rioja ceviche was tasty and well seasoned, but in contrast the guacamole lacked flavour and punch. The soft shell crab tacos was really good, as was the pork belly main course. But the much vaunted braised lamb in a sauce of Mexican beer was not cooked for nearly long enough, being hard to pull off the bone, and the beer sauce was so overpowering that all the flavour of lamb had been lost. The rosemary potatoes were undercooked which is a very basic error. The iced berries with white chocolate sauce on the otherhand were absolutely divine.
Four starters, four mains, one dessert, eight cocktails and six bottles of water, including service, made a bill of £260. So £65 for four people is quite reasonable, especially with the style and location of the restaurant taken into consideration. Please get the consistency higher!