If you’ve followed me on social media, even for just a little while, you’ll know that I am a massive fan of Bodega, Derby. Ever since the press party almost a year ago now (has it really been that long?!) I’ve been infatuated with the place. From the food to the staff to the décor, I love it all! So there was no way I could miss their menu launch event.
I tend to order the same thing every time I visit (the Burger a la Parilla in case you’re wondering) so I was looking forward to trying something new. Something different to your typical burritos, tacos and nachos (even though they are all insanely tasty).
To start off with we were welcomed by the fabulous Vicky, the marketing manager, and given a cocktail (or mocktail) and a hefty portion of nachos served with refried beans, guacamole and (my fave) salsa.
I’m not a fan of refried beans to be honest. I’ve tried them a few times and I tried them again at Bodega but they’re just not for me unfortunately. However I don’t usually like guacamole and I was completely converted after trying that! It was so fresh and super tasty. And obviously I loved the salsa too because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?
The mocktail was a zesty Elderflower Fizz which their website describes as “fresh lemon and mint topped with elderflower cordial and soda”. Again, it wasn’t what I’d normally go for as I’m not a fizzy drinks kinda gal and mint isn’t my fave but I enjoyed it and loved the tangy lemon flavour.
Next up was probably the most controversial dish of the night, their blue corn tacos. The first were filled with mole chicken and the second had a mole mushroom filling. I really liked the chicken filling but I wasn’t sure about the mushrooms.
I liked the blue corn tacos too, but I overheard some people say they tasted stale. Personally I think a lot of people were put off by the colour more than anything else. It’s understandable, but if you can see past the colour then I think they’re really tasty.
Last (but definitely not least!) we had a massive three plates of food all in one go! We had Quinoa Chifa, Xim Xim and Sticky Agave Sweet Potato.
The Quinoa Chifa was definitely my favourite dish of the night. Vicky explained that it’s packed full of superfoods but that almost everyone who had tried it described it as a big bowl of comfort food. It’s made with quinoa, tofu, broccoli, sliced vegetables and spring onion in a teryaki spiced sauce. The sauce was a little on the spicy side for me but I’m a wuss when it comes to spice so it wasn’t a surprise.
The Xim Xim was also really tasty and comforting. It was a little bit like a South American equivalent to a curry as it was a thick peanut butter and coconut milk sauce packed full of chicken, prawns and vegetables with dirty rice and tortillas on the side.
The Sticky Agave Sweet Potato was basically sweet potato chunks, black olives, queso fresco cheese and agave syrup. I do not like olives at all so I left those but I love sweet potato so I ate every last bit. For once I left my boyfriend, Jordan, at home but he’d have loved that as he really likes olives. Never mind, maybe next time!
Once everyone had finished filling their faces we all took it in turns to make our own cocktails and mocktails. I was kinda nervous because I’d never done anything like it before. Plus we were all watching each other so we all had an audience but I don’t think I did too badly! Luckily the mocktail was mixed by stirring, not shaking so there wasn’t as much pressure on me as some of the others.
Like I said earlier, I’m already converted, I was converted long ago! I’ve loved Bodega for a while now. But I think this new menu is geared towards converting vegans and others with restricted diets. Many of their new dishes are either completely vegan or can easily be modified to become vegan.
For example, the nachos, the blue corn tacos with the mole mushroom filling, the Sticky Agave Sweet Potato and the Quinoa Chifa are all completely vegan! That means more than half of the food served to us was completely vegan without any changes whatsoever. They even have an entire menu especially for vegans!
Now, I’m not vegan but more and more people are becoming vegan and it’s important to me that everyone can go out to eat without any awkwardness or difficulty no matter what their dietary requirements.
Leave me a comment and let me know, have you visited Bodega before? Are you vegan, trying to make more vegan-friendly choices or not vegan at all?