La Bodega Negra - the cafe
I recently had dinner at La Bodega Negra, opting for the more casual, reservation-free cafe instead of its cloak and dagger sister restaurant of the same name (located around the corner and through the entrance of a Soho sex shop). It should be mentioned here that the owners are the same guys who opened La Esquina in New York – a similarly stealthy underground location.
Ever the keen bean, I arrived earlier than those joining me and after a long day at work, went straight to the cocktail menu. They had a small selection of tequila drinks – nothing too outrageous but appealing nonetheless. I ordered the Pepino (tequila, cucumber, jalapeño and lime) and guzzled it all too quickly.
On the food front, we ordered a few basics to share – some tacos, guacamole, huevos rancheros (I order this whenever it is on a menu) and the Mexican truffle quesadilla. I must admit the huevos were just okay – something about the small tortilla, tiny portion of black beans and two eggs on a massive plate felt bare and flavourless. The quesadilla, on the other hand, was well seasoned and my top pick for the night. On a whim, we also ordered the heart of palm salad with added grilled chicken and it was pretty fantastic. The chicken was grilled in a spicy tomato sauce and served as a generous portion on the bed of greens. For the healthier pick, it was a surprise hit with our table.
Sad looking huevos rancheros
Final feeling? The café has a great atmosphere (the soundtrack added a great vibe) and all the things you might want out of a casual meal. But the next time I’m looking for Mexican that’ll blow my socks off, I think I’ll head around the corner to the more formal restaurant.