Soho’s inimitable dining destination La Bodega Negra is reopening in June with a new Head Chef at the helm and a modernised Mexican menu. The street level ‘Upstairs at La Bodega’ will reopen on 15 June whilst the original venue ‘La Bodega Negra’ will follow on 22 June.
Renowned for its unique interior design, entering the restaurant remains one of London’s most exciting sensory experiences, instantly transporting you to Mexico City’s infamous underground clubs. Going down the stairs at La Bodega feels illicit and cinematic, opulent, yet raw.
The reopening coincides with the appointment of a new Head Chef, Gustavo Giallonardo, who has created a modern Mexican food offering, in keeping with La Bodega Negra’s ethos of using the freshest, in-season produce whilst reinventing Mexican cuisine for the contemporary palate.
Highlights include ‘Scallop tiradito with serrano, aguachile and kolrhabi’, ‘Taco al pastor, pineapple pico de gallo and salsa verde’, ‘Pork chop with pasilla negra salsa and sweet potato’ and a ‘Black mole quesadilla with truffle, Monterey cheese and salsa verde’.
Any Mexican cuisine gastronome will know the expertise and superior technique employed in to perfecting a mole, and Gustavo Giallonardo’s unique black truffle mole blends chilli, sesame, peanuts, chocolate, pumpkin seeds, dried grapes, and truffle, amongst other ingredients, to excite the taste buds.
The full menu will be available in the main restaurant whilst Upstairs at La Bodega will offer a smaller selection of dishes, with more experimental dishes being developed and offered. The space will open with an outside terrace and ceviche bar, whereby diners can watch the chefs in action, perched on stools sipping fine tequila and mezcal cocktails.
A truly Mexican affair can never be complete without a great tequila and mezcal offering, and La Bodega Negra boasts one of London’s finest stocked agave bars, offering 50 different tequilas and 20 mezcals.
Key Mezcal cocktails include the Pepino (Ojo de Dios, Pineapple Juice, Fresh Chilli and Agave Syrup) and the Mezcalita (Ojo de Dios, Triple Sec and Fresh Lime Juice served on the rocks with worm salt) whilst the star of the signature cocktail menu is the Horchata con Ron (Homemade Horchata with Rice milk and cinnamon sugar syrup and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum).
Unique to La Bodega Negra is their dedicated Agave Sommelier who is on hand to educate and guide guests through the history and culture associated with the cultivated spirits, enlightening diners to the unique flavour palates and tasting notes.
DJ’s play to the diners downstairs from Wednesday - Saturday, creating a dining/dancing experience unlike any other in London.