La Bodega Negra has been talked about continuously since is opening and so it was about time I got myself together and booked a table. From the moment you walk through the 'sex shop' entrance you feel like your in for a treat and that is exactly what you get.
The dark, mysterious basement restaurant doesn't lend itself to big groups and it is hard to have a conversation without shouting at each other over the table however with our waitress's infectious enthusiasm for the menu this was quickly forgotten.
In a group of 4, we decided to share one large main and 4/5 smaller dishes and sides. The Pork Belly (main), served with white beans and salsa verde melted in our mouths and was complemented well with our side of Potatoes and Mole Negro (a favourite among my friends). Note that it is far too large for one person to eat to themselves and I can guarantee food envy would have set in as soon as other peoples dishes arrive. The Prawn Jicama and Chorizo and Roast Squash Taco's came next, which when ordering make sure you decide on more than 1 each as we did, they will devoured in one, very large, mouthful which is just not enough.
Then came the Salmon Ceviche which felt, didn't contribute too to our meal however my companions strongly disagreed. This may have been however because my attention had been turn to the two unexpected triumphs of the evening that had just arrived on our table; The grilled corn coated with chipotle sauce and cheese, and the Guadalajara salad with caramelised pecans, pines nuts and pomegranate seeds. These two dishes would compliment any combination of choices from the menu and simultaneously cool (the salad) and spice up (the corn) your taste buds.
With never ending rounds of delicious Hibiscus Margaritas coming to our table, maybe Tuesday night wasn't the night to go; however you are guaranteed fantastic food and an electric atmosphere any night of the week. There is no question as to why La Bodega Negra has become so popular.
9, Old Compton Street London, W1D 6JF
Booking is essential.