Road Testing South American Flavours at Bodega Birmingham

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As a family, we enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants, particularly around Birmingham. I also like to encourage Mini to try new flavours and foods. We were recently invited by Bodega Cantina in Birmingham to test out their South American inspired menu.

Bodega is brightly coloured inside, with a fun feeling to the décor. The restaurant offers an informal atmosphere, with music playing in the background that conjures up feelings of being somewhere much more exotic than Birmingham.

The menu at Bodega is split down into street food, small and large plate options. After browsing the menu, Mr Mack and I decided to share the Bodega Seleccion so that we could try out a range of dishes. The selection includes a small nachos of your choice, we went for the beef brisket, Dr Pepper pork marinated quesadillas and Mexican cola wings. These came accompanied by spicy rice and sweet potato fries. At £21.95 for the selection, I felt that this option offered good value for money.

The children’s menu was £5.95 for two courses, including a drink and a vegetable snack pot, again I thought the prices were reasonable. Mini enjoyed doing the activities on her menu whilst waiting for her food, I liked that they were based around South American culture such as colouring a Dia de Muertos (day of the dead) mask.

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We enjoyed our drinks whilst we waited for our food to arrive. Mini had orange juice as part of her meal and Mr Mack and I went for a mocktail. Our drinks were lovely and refreshing and full of flavour.

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Overall the service during our visit to Bodega was fairly slow, we were there for 1 hour 45 minutes for one course and Mini’s ice cream. Unfortunately it meant that the children were getting fed up and fidgety at the table. Our waitress did come to check up on us, however we’d already waited quite some time for the food by that point, and it took too long to clear the tables too.

When our food arrived it looked tempting, colourful and well presented. In terms of taste and flavour we felt that we had a bit of a mixed bag. My favourite part of the selection was the cola wings, they were crispy in a wonderfully sticky glaze, I could have eaten plenty more of these. Mr Mack is a big nacho fan, and he really enjoyed these too. They had a great crunch and were topped with big chunks of brisket.

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We felt that the rest of the selection was ok, but nothing special. Our dishes were also served luke warm, a bit of a pet hate of mine. The Dr Pepper Quesadillas had very little flavour and minimal filling. The spicy rice, sadly had no spice at all and was pretty much served cold. The sweet potato fries were cooked well and had a great crispiness to them, however they were far too over seasoned for me and were too salty.

We liked the variety of the selection offering and it was nice to share the dishes. However, overall I was left feeling a little underwhelmed with the flavour, lack of spice and temperature of the dishes.

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Mini’s pizzadilla unfortunately looked very basic and poorly presented. It was a single tortilla wrap with melted cheese. I honestly think she could have made that herself at home. It came with sweet potato fries and vegetable crudities. She said that she really enjoyed her meal and finished it off quickly, I just think the pizzadilla could have been presented better and had more to it, such as a tomato or salsa sauce base.

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As part of the Bodega children’s meal deal Mini could choose from vanilla ice cream with toffee sauce or fresh fruit. She picked the ice cream, which arrived without toffee sauce. She politely asked the waiter if she could have some sauce and had to show him on the menu where it was described as coming with sauce as he seemed to be unaware of this. It was brought back again with a small blob of sauce for her.

Half way through our meal I visited the ladies, which had totally run out of soap. I mentioned this to a member of staff behind the bar who said she’d get it sorted. Twenty minutes later I needed to change Baby Mack’s nappy, the only changing table was in the single ladies toilet. However, there was still no soap, which is a little worrying given the number of ladies I’d seen go into the toilet during that time. I had to find the manager who did apologise for the delay and was able to refill it for me.

I had high hopes for our meal out at Bodega, unfortunately it was just a little lack lustre. There were some good points, the prices were reasonable, there was plenty to choose from that we wanted to try on the menu and the mocktails were delicious. Sadly our food was just ok, nothing to write home about. That coupled with the slow service, and the huge amount of competition for family friendly dining in Birmingham, means we probably won’t be in a rush to return.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Bodega for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

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18 Comments

  1. Leah
    March 25, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I went with my partner to review and loved it. We had the Dr Pepper dish too and it was so flavourful and filled to the brim.

    • mommamack15
      March 25, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Maybe they were having an off day during our visit.

  2. Helen
    March 26, 2019 / 8:59 am

    That’s such a shame that it didn’t meet expectations and some of these are pretty basic requirements, like the soap! It’s such a shame because the nachos look incredible 🙂

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:30 am

      Having to traipse a baby round the restaurant with a dirty nappy to find the manager wasn’t a great experience! The nachos were yummy though 😋

  3. March 26, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Oh what a shame, but if I had paid to eat there and had the same experience I would have been really sad. The mocktails did look and sound good though!

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:31 am

      I was disappointed, I love eating out and its such a shame when it’s a bit of a let down. I’d like to try out the real cocktails which are supposed to be delicious too.

  4. March 26, 2019 / 10:20 pm

    I would have been so disappointed with that children’s meal. It looked so cheap and could have been made to look a lot nicer.

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:32 am

      It really did look cheap and a very small portion, good job it came with the sides!

  5. March 27, 2019 / 6:20 am

    We love South American foods and love the menu at Bodega, absolutely inviting and the food has me wanting to viist.

  6. March 27, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Oh that’s a pity, never nice to have really slow service and such a shame about the food too.

  7. March 27, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    Oh, what a shame your visit was a bit disappointing. The food looked so promising. Luke warm warm food and slow service are both a big NO for me. At least the drinks were nice.

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:35 am

      I agree, I really can’t stand luke warm food, it needs to be serving hot for me.

  8. Wendy
    March 27, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    Oh what a shame your experience wasn’t what you were expecting and the food wasn’t really up to standard. I would like to go out for souTh American food but maybe somewhere a bit better than this place!xx

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:36 am

      Maybe they were just having an off day when we went as I will heard lots of other people have a great time.

  9. March 27, 2019 / 9:31 pm

    Oh dear, its so disappointing when you go for something to eat together and have a rubbish experience.

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:37 am

      Definitely, hopefully our next family meal out will be a better experience

  10. March 28, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Such a shame the food and service didn’t live up to how good the menu sounded! I think when you wait ages for food the expectation levels get higher and higher so it feels even more disappointing when it doesn’t hit the spot.

    • mommamack15
      March 28, 2019 / 7:38 am

      You’re right, I think the wait put a damper on things and it just went down hill from there.

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