Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE -

If you can get past the fact that the door­way to this charm­ing, se­duc­tive lit­tle restau­rant is through the en­trance of a neon-lit sex shop in Soho, then you are sure to be de­lighted with the ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered here.“Dar­ling, give me your hand­bag and din­ner is on the house,” ex­claims the maître d’ in drain­pipe leather trousers and a flu­o­res­cent yel­low vis­cose shirt, his eyes not leav­ing my clutch, as our group walks in. The ca­sual mood set, we stepped into La Bodega Ne­gra (lit­er­ally mean­ing The Dark Cel­lar), whose dun­geon-like setup, with low ceil­ings and dim light­ing (great for a first date), is home to fine Mex­i­can food. The restau­rant’s te­quila-based cock­tails will leave you feel­ing light-headed, the li­ba­tions match­ing the food on of­fer. I be­gan the meal with baby tacos, crisp and flavour­ful, served with gua­camole, salsa, and var­i­ous other dips, and fol­lowed this up with shanks of lamb so ten­der, the meat just fell off the bone. With loud mu­sic and bois­ter­ous wait­ers, the restau­rant is per­fect for the young and edgy. Don’t be sur­prised if you end up rub­bing el­bows with foot­ballers and their girl­friends, rock­stars, and celebrity rev­ellers look­ing to let their hair down. Contact: La Bodega Ne­gra, Lon­don; tel: +44 0207 758 4100;­bode­gane­

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