Mexican eateries are not new to Edinburgh, but the first one to dedicate almost their entire menu to the humble taco was Bodega on Elm Row. Opening in the summer of 2013, Bodega’s concept was to take their small, soft shell corn tortillas and wrap them around a seemingly endless variety of top quality meat or vegetable combinations.
It may have simple, street food origins, but forget those stiff, generic versions of a taco you get in supermarkets and fast food joints. These are no cheap, tacky tacos.With specials that change every couple of weeks, top quality ingredients, and inspiration and flavours from all over the globe, there was many an “oooooh” and “mmmm” muttered at my table.
Need more convincing? Here’s some examples of past tacos they’ve had at Bodega – Baja Cod with Fried Potato Matchsticks and Chipotle Mayo – Venison Haunch, Stornoway Black Pudding, Spiced Plum Chutney and Wild Sorrel – Pan Fried Fillet of Rainbow Trout with Rhubarb and Beetroot and, one for the vegans – Pan Seared Za’atar Cauliflower, Baba Ganoush, Beetroot, Pomegranate, Crispy Leek and Balsamic Vinegar.
Or, are you more visually swayed? OK, here’s some pics.
It’s recommend you have four tacos per person. Each plate of two tacos ranges from £6.50 to £7.50, so we dutifully ordered two varieties each. I could only eat three, but luckily I was there with a hungry person who easily polished off his own four and then my leftover one. Of course, there was still room for a churro with chocolate for dessert. Pffft, that’s a given.
Now I should tell you that Bodega is tiny, like only about twenty seats tiny. The pic below is not one part of the dining area, that is the whole dining area, so booking is a must. It’s BYO, but as you can see, they do have Mexican sodas and, as is becoming more common these days, there are dining slots of one and a half hours per sitting. But for such a small place, this makes sense, and it’s actually plenty of time for these types of dishes.
The only other thing to know is that the food is delicious and the service is great. And that’s all you really want, right? For somewhere that I walk past nearly every day, I can’t believe it’s taken me four years to go try it. What a numnuts!
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Address: 62 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AQ