Bodega was the first Brummie venue I danced and sipped cocktails in way before making the decision to move up to the sunny city. A friend was celebrating a birthday, and cocktails and good music was top of the agenda. Fast forward 2 and a half years later, it’s still very popular for a quick bite, experimental drinks and for its buzzing atmosphere.
Bodega is situated on the popular Bennetts Hill, a great street for hen and stag parties if you’re asking. They recently launched a new menu, serving an array of South American fare in a trendy hot spot. Expect to find tacos, burritos and nachos.
I’m going to start off by saying the lighting in the Sugarloaf Bar in Bodega is amazing for photography! Whilst there I initially struggled to find the right settings on my camera, but looking back at the photos I’m pretty happy with the outcome.
When it comes to theming Bodega have gone for happy colours. The colours that come to mind are lime, mango and tomato, most probably to prepare your palate for the food that’s about to come.
We are welcomed with a cocktail, a Blueberry and Elderflower Margarita. Fresh blueberries muddled with Tequila, lime juice and elderflower liquer. Before I even managed one sip, clumsy me managed to spill the whole drink over our communal plate of nachos. I managed to grab another glass, it’s really refreshing, and deceptively easy to drink.
The Nachos were outstanding (albeit wet with cocktail juice), flour tortilla topped with mozzarella, cheddar, sour cream, chives, salsa and guacamole. Be sure to try yours with the chipotle chicken topping for only £6.25.
We moved on to other new additions from the menu including the £6.50 Plantain Salad. A vegetarian and gluten free salad, laden with lettuce, avocado and pine nuts, topped with plantain. I liked the idea of the salad, but really didn’t like the texture of cold, oily plantain. I like plantain piping hot and fresh from the pan.
Other additions to the menu include the Dr. Pepper Marinated Pork Taco, with slaw, lettuce & coriander and the Mole Marinated Chicken, with lettuce & pine nuts both at £6.25.
When I’m next down I’ve got my eyes on the Mexican Cola Wings. I love wings, no knife and fork nonsense.
We finished off the evening with something very different! A Mezcal Gin and Tonic. I love experimental food and drinks but I’m really not sure how I felt about this? I like Mezcal and I like a G&T, together, perhaps a bit too strong for most palates. I’ll have to give it another go.
Bodega isn’t just about “Mexican food”, the menu is influenced by the cuisines of other South American countries including Colombia, Cuba and Peru.
If you are looking for a fun atmosphere, quirky cocktails, affordable food and party music, give Bodega Bennetts Hill a try.
Thank you at Bitters N Twisted and Bodega Birmingham for extending an invitation.
As always, my writing and honest views.