East, Reviews

Casa Negra

After La Bodega Negra’s flashy entrance Casa Negra kept things low key with an unsigned door in the heart of Shoreditch. Don’t let that lure you into a false sense of what’s to come – this place has been kitted out like a fun Mexican nana’s house! 

The décor is relaxed but totally spot on, the staff perfectly chosen to transport you to Mexico (particularly the adorable bartender!) So, the food……. The menu is split out into street food small plates, tacos, mains and sides. We kicked things off with all of the small plates….. The Guacamole was fresh and simple; Queso Fundido was great for the cheese lovers out there but lacked the “homemade chorizo” I was promised. The street style corn salad was visually pleasing, being served in an ice-cream glass but perhaps slightly overpriced when compared to our favourite dish of the night, the Beef Tartare.

d55e3e08d6a711e2a8c722000a9e01c6_7-300x300Next up were the Achiote and orange braised pork, red onion, black beans tacos, about the size of your fist they were full of flavour and I didn’t want them to end.We decided to share a main course of grilled skirt steak, citrus and habanero salsa with a side of pinto beans, bacon, tomato, and jalapeno. At £20 for the steak we expected more. It slightly underwhelmed when compared to the punchy and well priced street food we started with. In fact looking around all the main meals looked quite small for the prices that were being asked. If I was to come back (and I will – for the not yet opened “Playroom”) then I’d stick to small plates and tacos.f521b8e2d6b011e2a34e22000ae91355_7-300x300Desserts were simple but right on the money – 3 scoops of ice-cream (Coffee, Pumpkin Seeds and Vanilla) were creamy and refreshing. As were the Alfajores – vanilla cookies, dulce de leche & toasted coconut – perfect dipped into your coffee!Also worth mentioning are the drinks. The cocktail menu didn’t disappoint, both of us loved our refreshing long drinks. Try the “Vote Pedro” (El Jimador blanco, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, mint, fresh lemon & soda, served very long) and the Mexican beer – Negra Modelo -was delicious with hints of chocolate & coffee.

A good one for groups that want to share dishes, look out for the Playroom booths coming soon……..



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