Lunch at Bodega, Birmingham

It’s been quite a while since I visited Bodega, but I am always hearing positive things about the restaurant, so a friend and I decided to visit for lunch last week.

Situated on Bennets Hill in Birmingham, Bodega is a contemporary cantina specialising in authentic, fresh and homemade South American food. As a member of the Bitters ‘n’ Twisted family of bars, they also offer a wide range of fabulous cocktails, so we felt that it was only right that we should try some of them!

I like the atmosphere in the restaurant – bright, simple and colourful with friendly staff and South American music in the background, with a wide and varied menu that caters for all dietary requirements.

My friend and I decided to share a small plate of nachos to start, with all the typical vegetarian toppings – salsa, cheese, sour cream, guacamole etc. We have chosen this many times in our previous experiences at numerous restaurants and pubs, and when it arrived we were grateful that we only ordered the small portion as it was more than enough for two! Every component was delicious and we commented that it was the nicest plate of nachos we’d ever had.

For our main meals I ordered the Halloumi Burger – breaded halloumi wrapped in a toasted tortilla with lime mayo, pico de gallo salsa, spicy slaw and sweet potato fries. My friend ordered the Burrito – a tortilla filled with white rice, black beans, mozzarella, cheddar and salsa with fresco and sour cream on the side – and we decided to share a portion of Papas Chorreadas – diced potatoes, tomatoes, chillies and spring onions with a homemade cheese sauce.

What arrived was an enormous plate of food, with perfectly crispy sweet potato fries (which, in my experience, is not always a given in restaurants), and a halloumi burger that was still incredibly hot. It was amazing – so yummy, in fact, that after a few bites I text The Bloke to tell him that this was the place that we are going to on our next date night. I was fairly full after the nachos, but I couldn’t resist from eating the lot – genuinely a fantastic meal.

I also tried a Lychee and Passionfruit Cooler – two of my favourite flavours. It was strong, even for my tastes, but it actually worked really well with my burger. I discovered that a small fly that had been buzzing around above us decided to try it too, and when I told a member of staff he replaced it immediately…

We finished off by ordering some Churros with a caramel sauce. This was the only thing that I wasn’t as keen on – the churros seemed a little overdone and slightly greasy and there wasn’t really enough sauce. However, there are a number of desserts that I can try next time!

An amazing way to spend a lunchime! Want to visit? You can find Bodega’s website here, or on Twitter @BodegaBirm – well worth a visit!

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