Review: La Bodega, Delhi (Mexican)
1st Floor, 29B, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi. Ph# 011 4310 5777
The funky filament lamps and an experimental menu took us by fancy as we stepped into this Mexican café that made quite a noise as it set its foot in the food streets of Khan Market this summer. A few Tex Mex joints Delhi has already seen but this one boasts of an authentic Mexican fare that is been prepared with the freshest of local produce under the guidance of a Mexican chef himself. Quite impressive already, but wait until you take a look at the interiors for it has some fresh surprises.
There is a contemporary style about the way the interiors of this Mexican restaurant has been done. Bright sunlit space, shelves laden with a plenty of books to read, a beautiful terrace sitting area, white walls and bright colourful upholstery, comfortable minimalist furniture, funky lamps and lights, an open kitchen with a full view of shelves stacked with colourful in season veggies together definately make it a place where one would want to spend a relaxed afternoon.
Service is good, the owner herself is present to help you with suggestions and that’s a good thing. The waiters however may be at a loss on occasions but the attention from the chef and the owner herself is more than assuring nonetheless. The food is presented in style.
Come food and to us starving foodies the listed assortments sounded quite compelling. The servings are mostly small and starters specially are served in bite size portions. So to kick off our food spree we started off with an Al Pastor and an El Mazateno. Both are essentially tacos, the first being an assortment of pulled pork served with a salsa and pineapples and the other was a hot and spicy prawn Tacos topped with a chipotle mayonnaise dressing and pickled onions. The prawns were delicious, nice tangy and spicy. But the pork didn’t feel right, there was something about the meat that just didn’t feel right and we could not go beyond a second bite. In our utmost dissatisfaction we requested the dish to be returned for one can’t take chance with a pork that dosen’t feel fresh, however the kitchen or to be precise the Chef chose to disagree with our claim against the freshness of the meat.
Anyhow moving onto mains we ordered the slow cooked pork served with refried beans and marinated pineapples along with a side of Mexican rice cooked with tomato puree and vegetables. The rice was sort of tomato flavoured rice that would pair well with most gravies I think. The slow cooked pork however lacked the spiking burst of flavour I had expected, so to me it was a nicely cooked meat gone average due to lack of punch in the sauce. Like I said, the portions were small and we had to let go of one of the starters already so for once we did have some room to indulge into desserts.
So a most obvious pick of Churros with chocolate sauce arrived fresh hot and crispy on our table, they were good and just the indulgence one wants, and yet I can’t say that they were one of the best in town.
The verdict is going to be split miles apart, the ambiance is great, cozy and warm, and especially that terrace on a winter afternoon would make a great hangout. The food however is average, nothing very exciting really, and hence it fails to impress the appetite.
Value for money, what can I say about it except it is not expensive and we were billed a total of Rs. 2028 including taxes (they didn’t bill us for the Pork dish we had returned). Whether that’s a good value for an average meal or not, I’ll leave it on you to decide.