Remember the James Bond flick Spectre? The opening scene documented a Rio like carnival on the streets of Mexico. Well, there wasn’t any such thing until it was introduced this year- The Dia Des Los Muertos carnival (The day of the dead). In case you think this to be a sombre occasion or a halloweenesque one with trick or treats, you are mistaken.
The day of the dead involves honouring the dead by recollecting happy moments from their lives in grave side picnics over food and drinks.
Bodega has come up with an exciting celebration up to the 5th of November with a new Tapas menu and 12 unique cocktails.
The cocktails were up first. We loved the Corpse Reviver which was tasty and strong and lived up to the nomenclature. The Marigold Martini was another smooth concoction. The Calabera Mujer served in attractive skull glasses was refreshing. The Ultimate Sangria and the Frose (frozen rose wine) were lovely too. Among the others, the Avocado martini was a little flat but the Aye Caraamba had an unique flavour of coconut milk with rum.
For starters, we loved the Soft Shell Pork Tacos and the Crispy Fish Tacos. The Exotic Mushroom Taquito was nice crisp and full of flavours- one of the stand out dishes. The Pork Belly Bao was amazing. It was one of the best Baos we have had anywhere. The Pescado fritters were nice and fresh. We loved the dips that accompanied the Tortilla Chips Platter. The Pollo Skewers were a tad disappointing and the Peri Peri Prawns were a bit short on seasoning.
Among the main course, we really liked the Chorizo Fried Rice. The flavours of the salsa, the spinach and the rice were held together beautifully by the egg yolk. The Muertos Rancheros looked fancy but tasted rather average. The lamb in the Moroccan Lamb was extremely well cooked and tender.
Desserts comprised of the Sunday Movie Night and the Chilli Chocolate Mousse. The Sunday Movie Night is their signature dessert and it is one beautiful creation which you simply cannot miss out on. The Chocolate Chilli Mousse was once again gorgeous. The warmth of the chilli gave the chocolate a different dimension all together.
And the celebration doesn’t end there! They have crazy games to go with it -Tequila Meter, Booze Pong, Adult Pinnata, Spin the wheel! Also check out the alter to the dead decorated quirkily with marigolds and skulls. Add that to the great food and out of the world cocktails you just cant miss this celebration of the dead!
P.S. There’s even cocktail making and Mexican cooking workshops scheduled!
Disclaimer: Team Hungry Hallows was invited by the management for a tasting session.