A Bodega Night Out!

Last week, my husband and I had a very rare child-free night out after we were invited to Bodega Cantina in Birmingham to sample their new menu! Bodega offers an array of South American inspired dishes which is right up my street; I love this style of food so couldn't wait to try it! 

On arrival, my first impression of the restaurant was that it was very busy with a lively atmosphere. It was obviously the place to be on a Saturday night! It was a little louder than the usual places we would pick for an evening out (as a bit of an introvert I'm drawn to quieter places) but I keen to see what Bodega had to offer, especially as it seemed such a popular restaurant.

Once seated I ordered a Cosmopolitan which was wonderful (so nice I had another one after!) and my husband had a Sol beer.  We then decided to order the House Nachos to share. We both really enjoyed these. They consisted of flour tortillas topped with cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. It was a generous portion so was the perfect quantity to share. I'd certainly order these again if we ever return, I've been craving them since! 

The menu is split into street food, smaller plates and larger plates. For my main, I ordered Bodega's Halloumi Burger from the larger plates section. As a vegetarian, menus are always limited but I was initially a little disappointed with the other choices if I'm honest. Before I'd arrived I'd been looking forward to ordering a burrito style dish and although they did indeed offer burritos and quesadillas, the vegetarian option was a filling of roasted peppers; I would have liked to see a little more choice here. However, I will state that as I didn't order these, I can't comment on how they tasted and I'm keen to pop back to try these some time. It was only after we'd been, when I was looking on the website in preparation for this review, that I realised they do offer a vegan menu too so it's worth asking to see this if you visit. My halloumi burger was really tasty and was served with sweet potato fries and slaw.

My husband ordered the Dr Peppa Marinated Pork Quesadilla served with a tomato salsa. He enjoyed it and had no complaints. I did feel as an improvement to the dish, which looked a little small, that it would have been good to have had the choice to order it as a larger meal option too, for example for it to be served with extras such as sweet potato fries and slaw. This would have enabled him to have experienced the street food style dish, while having a larger meal to enjoy. 

Overall, we enjoyed our meals but definitely felt there was room for improvement in places.  I would be keen to return to order the nachos again and sample some of the other vegetarian dishes too. I would also be interested to try it during the daytime to see how it compared in terms of atmosphere but also to enable my little boys to sample the kid's menu too. 

Disclaimer: We were very kindly invited for a meal in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.