Restaurant: La Bodega Negra – Old Compton Road, London

Tuna Tostada – Serrano & Avocado – £7

It’s Friday night and I, Jessica, have taken James on date. With all his amazing efforts and surprises for my birthday, I felt it was only right to spoil my love, as well as it just being our 2 years and a half (I know that’s not long for some, but wharves)

As James has been full of surprises, so I wanted to keep this one a surprise for him too. Okay, so I know what you’re thinking, but you’re just at a restaurant. What’s so surprising about that?

Well this restaurant from street view, does not look like a restaurant – given the area it is in, you wouldn’t think twice seeing this place. With bright lights screaming ‘Peep Show’ and ‘Adult Video’ and a sign on the door saying ‘Private Dance Downstairs’ you would have no idea that there was simply a Mexican restaurant inside – hence keeping it a surprise.

Upon arrival, of course James thought I was joking when we stopped outside and with doubt still on his mind, I opened the door, still confused, we were greeted by a man sitting on a stall in front of shelves full of porn magazines and please note that I’m still in full swing of making James believe this is what it looked like outside. James walks in and says “Baby, what the heck?” and I am crying of laughter inside!

By the time we got downstairs, I told him it was simply a restaurant, as I couldn’t hide it any longer. James at this point was still seriously confused and was still waiting for something to happen.

As mentioned previously, this is a Mexican restaurant, so it was completely intentional to get Tequila based cocktails and nibbles. We had secretly eaten at home beforehand, so everything we got we shared together.

The atmosphere was very lively, people in and out for drinks, groups of people on every table, very dim and very loud – as expected to be honest. The service was very efficient and smooth, we were served very quickly and everything was cleared up without question.

The food was so tasty, bursting with flavour in such little plates and all complimented with the taste of the tequila in the cocktails.

Sunflower Tostadas – Guacamole – £5.50

Green Goddess – Avocado, Baby Gem, Tomatoes, Radish and Pecans – £7

Char Roasted Mushroom – Crema Mexicana – £6.50

Braised Beef – Salsa Comal – £6.50

White Chocolate & Raspberry Brûlée – £6.50

Although for the little amount you would get, it would come up very pricing if you was to order enough to fill you, but there is more to the menu I’m sure, but overall a great experience.

We would recommend this place for something a little bit different, special occasion or simply for some drinks with your friends.

Food: ★★★★

Customer service: ★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: ★★★

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  1. Victoria
    March 19, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I love La Bodega Negra. Such good food!

    • Food & Baker
      March 19, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      It such a great hidden gem isn't it! Such great food and cocktails!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Breanna Catharina
    March 23, 2017 / 4:02 am

    Poooor James 😂 I would be so embarrassed if I had an SO take me somewhere, but it would be so funny once I realized the gig. This is such a cool, different place to go for a date. Great choice! xxBreanna Catharinatoocuteforlife.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 27, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Hahahaha I know right, I really did wish I had recorded his reaction!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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