Last week, Bodega launched their new menu. They've stuck to their classic South American dishes: burritos, tacos and some more unusual items you may not have heard of.
Talk to most people about Bodega and they will likely mention the nachos. These aren't your standard dry nachos from a bag with some guacamole dumped on the side. Bodega's nachos are huge, pleasingly greasy, while still retaining crispiness. Topped with cheese and jalepenos and served with sour cream, guacamole and salsa, these are perfect for sharing with friends over a cocktail or two.
Speaking of cocktails, Bodega also have a new cocktail menu. The cocktails are mainly tequila and Mezcal based. Many people panic at the mention of tequila, thinking of student union nightmares involving lemon and salt. I shall not deny that tequila is strong and has a specific taste but it's worth exploring through the medium of cocktails. The Blueberry and Elderflower Margarita (£6.50) is a good place to start. It's strong but softened by the sweetness of the elderflower cordial.
Sweet potato fries...! (£3.95) Bodega do and always have done these well. Crispy and moreish.
Mexican slaw (£2.75) is fresh and crunchy, no sign of mayo or limp cabbage here.
Tacos have been upgraded: you now get four and they come in snazzy taco stands. New flavours include the Dr Pepper marinaded pork (£6.25). Don't expect a mouthful of Dr Pepper- it's more there to make the pork moist.
The vegetarian option is black bean, roasted veg and confit tomato (£5.95). The roasted veg adds the crunch and texture necessary in a taco.
Plantain salad (£6.50) is a lovely bowl of goodies: avocado, plantain, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate and chilli. This is on the small plates section of the menu so would be lovely to share with some tacos or the Mexican cola wings I've been eyeing up for some time.
One of the most controversial items on the new drinks menu is the Mezcal Gin and Tonic. Mezcal is the umbrella term for distilled alcoholic drinks made from Mexican agave plants, which means Tequila is a type of Mezcal. Mezcal has a strong, whiskyish taste so isn't for the faint-hearted or for those new to spirits. The Mezcal Gin and Tonic treats Mezcal like gin, soaking botanicals in the Mezcal for some time and finishing with tonic. Don't expect it to taste like gin and you will be in for a new experience.
Bodega has been a stronghold in the Birmingham food scene for many years now and is always busy whenever I visit, presumably because they keep experimenting and trying new things like this. If you haven't been for a while, it's time to give it another go. Always worth it for the nachos.
Bodega, Bennett's Hill
Photos by Edd.
Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.