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We’re going to call it: this is surely London’s only Mexican restaurant hidden behind the facade of a sex shop. Such exterior bawdiness is increasingly hard to come by in Soho, although Bodega Negra’s Stygian urban-chic interior and “great service” have much in common with current restaurant trends. The kitchen’s proclivity for supreme tacos has never been hotter, with fillings including soft-shell crab accompanied by a slathering of smoky chipotle crema, while tostadas feature a winning combo of Serrano ham and tuna. We suggest ordering a selection, plus salad or a piquant plate of ceviche – although those with bigger appetites should look to wood-grilled pork belly with mezcal and salsa or a whole sea bream, tender from the fire. Bodega’s party vibes and low-lit interior aren’t for everyone, but if Tequilas galore and 50ml shots of mezcal sound like a good time, this basement den from funky restaurateur Will Ricker (E&O et al) is for you.

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La Bodega Negra

9 Old Compton Street ,London W1D 5JF

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May 2014

1 star is generous after the service I received tonight. I was told to arrive on time or my table would be given away and then when I arrived on time they told me my table wasn't ready and I would have to wait. They then lost my card and as I was with a friend I had no money to get home at which point they said they couldn't help me! Again they were rude and to top off the food was average at best.

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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9 Old Compton Street ,London W1D 5JF

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May 2014

1 star is generous after the service I received tonight. I was told to arrive on time or my table would be given away and then when I arrived on time they told me my table wasn't ready and I would have to wait. They then lost my card and as I was with a friend I had no money to get home at which point they said they couldn't help me! Again they were rude and to top off the food was average at best.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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9 Old Compton Street ,London W1D 5JF

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

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May 2013

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...

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

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9 Old Compton Street ,London W1D 5JF

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Jan 2013

I went to the restaurant a couple of weeks ago with two friends, who coincidentally just came back from a holiday in Mexico. I heard the place was worth a visit but was warned that it was not good value for money. While I thought the design was great, and the atmosphere was buzzing, the music was too loud you had to shout across the table for your friends to hear you. We were disappointed with the food to say the least. A guacamole starter was literally a blob of guacamole with 4 tortilla chips next...

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

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Apr 2012

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I have mentioned my American mate Andy before (he who doesn’t do fried nor think that anywhere outside of mainland US 0f A can put ground mince between two bun halves and make anything tasty from it) and his take on UK Mexican restaurants is that there is nowhere on our fair isle that can produce top-end Mexican food. Now forgive me but, having been to Mexico and having spent a good amount of time in southern California, I am not at all sure that there is anything that could be considered top-end...

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

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Essential Details for La Bodega Negra

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

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