Living in Leith, we are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to great food. However, one thing that is lacking in this neck of the woods is choice when it comes to a good Mexican. Well, look no further. Bodega taqueria may be small, but it packs a punch and this Edinburgh taqueria is not to be missed.
The real beauty of it? It’s simple. The music is great, the atmosphere is even better, and the food is better yet. The menu consists of a selection of tacos, while the specials board is updated regularly with inventive taco fillings.
Taqueria paradise in Leith
Chris, one of the co-owners of this pocket-sized piece of Mexican heaven, will guide you through the menu and make recommendations based on your likes and dislikes. We started with some of the house guacamole, made every day with fresh avocados. Soon after devouring the guac, the tacos arrived.
Made with tender chicken thighs, we started with Buffalo chicken tacos. Served with hot sauce, blue cheese dressing & celery, every bite was full of flavour and heat. Think classic crispy chicken, but better. Next, we went off piste (for us), and went veggie. The roast squash with chimichurri, black bean puree & crispy sweet potato was packed full of flavour, and actually my favourite taco of the day. In the interest of giving a thorough review, we ordered the crispy pork belly with tangy, spicy Vietnamese dressing. Served with homemade Kimchi, bean sprouts & fresh coriander, it was a serious winner.
The next special to arrive at our table was grilled catfish fillets with romesco, crushed almonds & Habanero Sour Cream. Light summery and the perfect accompaniment to our crisp and cold bottle of Picpoul de Pinet. (Did we mention that Bodega is BYOB?) To top is all off, (because we are greedy), we ordered a portion of scallion fries with sweet honey mustard dressing. Now, we should warn you, these are addictive. In fact, I’ve been thinking about them for quite a few days now. Light, crisp tempura batter, hot fried scallions, topped with American mustard – H E A V E N.
And let’s not forget the puds
To top off our Bodega experience, we ordered the avocado panna cotta served with smoked honeycomb (some of the best I’ve tried), and chocolate & ginger ice-cream. With everything apart from the ice-cream made on site, it’s certainly something to try – and even delicious for a non panna cotta fan, such as myself.
Our Mexican saga came to an end with a portion of toasted churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and a chilli chocolate dipping sauce. These were light, indulgent and the perfect end to a really unbelievable meal.
This cosy little restaurant seats just 14 people, so booking is essential. With a corkage charge of just £2.50 per person, not only is this place truly delicious, but reasonable. This little gem is one of the foodie jewels in Leith’s culinary crown – and we can’t wait to go back. I’ll have three portions of scallion fries, please.
Find them: 62 Elm Row, Leith
Contact them: 0131 556 7930