The South American bar and cantina Bodega is a firm favourite with local foodies, so when Vicky from Brumderland organised a blogger’s evening sampling their food and cocktails, we all knew we were on to a winner. If you haven’t tried Bodega yet, read on for a taster of what is on offer in this much-loved independent eatery.
When it comes to cocktails Bodega specialises in the four main South American spirits: tequila, pisco, cachacas and rum. The head bartender engrossed us with his expert knowledge of each drink and dispelled many of our thoughts (from dodgy experiences!) about tequila being a drink to stay well away from! We were welcomed on arrival with a margarita which was a perfect example of this classic, with a slice of lime to garnish and salt around the rim of the glass. Later on we were treated to a caipirinha and a mojito, both of which were among the best I have ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot! If you’re a fan of your sharp, citrus-y cocktails then Bodega has to be your best bet in the city.
As an example of the kinds of mains on offer at Bodega, we sampled two of their most popular dishes: Xim Xim and Vegetable tacos. The tacos were stuffed with sweet potato cubes and black beans, which were a really interesting combo and worked really well. The Xim Xim was a hit with all of us. This dish is chicken and shrimp (I only tried the shrimp) in a creamy, nutty sauce and is a traditional Brazilian meal. The stew is served with Bodega’s paprika spiced ‘dirty’ rice and the shrimps were cooked beautifully. If you’re a meat-eater I’d highly recommend trying this!
For dessert Bodega had two more tempting treats for us to try. The ‘Pastel de chocolate Pegajoso’ is a rich chocolate slice served with vanilla ice-cream and crumbled praline. If you’re a serious chocolate lover then you can’t go far wrong with this option to finish off your meal. The white chocolate and mojito cheesecake was quite heavy if you’re already full, but it definitely had that delectable homemade cheesecake feel. The flavours worked well together, the lime cutting though an otherwise potentially sickly dessert.
This event was a great chance to get to know Bodega – it’s staff and it’s ethos – even better, and we all had a fab time. If you’re yet to try this restaurant it is an absolute must, whether you’re after a buzzing dining atmosphere or a funky night of cocktails in the downstairs bar, Bodega is a winner. Thanks to Vicky for organising the evening and to the lovely staff at Bodega for having us!
*This was a free event and the food samples and drinks were complimentary.This does not affect my honest opinion.