La Bodega Negra | Mexican Restaurant & Bar Soho
Good news: we’ve found your new favourite restaurant.
It’s been hiding underneath Soho for a few days, but unfortunately the directions to get you there are a little complicated.
First head to a colourful street-level café and tacqueria called “La Bodega Negra” on Moor Street in Soho.
Ignore that, and tiptoe around the corner to Old Compton Street instead.
There you’ll find the illuminated entrance to a seedy-looking sex shop: an entrance so raw, authentic and unforgiving as to give you no reassurance whatsoever that it’s not exactly what it appears to be.
Having ventured inside you’ll find a man standing in front of a glass cabinet of erotic paraphernalia.
As mentioned earlier, this is complicated.
If he’s holding a clipboard and standing opposite a cloak room kiosk, then you’re in the right place.
If he’s not, then you should probably leave. Quickly.
Assuming that you have a reservation*, you’ll be invited to descend the staircase at the back of the shop, into a candlelit cave serving tequila-based cocktails and a menu that includes BBQ’d octopus; seared steak and sweetbread tacos; duck and guacomole tostaditas; red snapper ceviche and Chicken Paillard.
It’s a buzzing, hacienda-style, subterranean den enveloped by battered concrete walls; old tequila barrels; one large, deconstructed piano tipped on its side; and – most surprisingly of all – other diners, all of whom have somehow managed to fall down the same rabbit hole as you…
*Reservations are required. Ensure that you book into the main “downstairs” restaurant.
La Bodega Negra | 9 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 5JF
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