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  • 256-257 Elephant & Castle
    London SE1 6TE
    Elephant & Castle, Newington
  • Transit information Bakerloo Northern Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7708 5826

La Bodeguita, London by Qype User inspir…

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    • Qype User inspir…
    • London
    • 624 friends
    • 366 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/4/2010

    So my new BFF or 'mini-wife' as she's affectionately known is Colombian. Naturally in a concerted effort to understand her moods, fashion choices and food habits it was necessary to visit this Colombian institution. So on a bright, sunny April day we visited the ultra-glamorous, not-to-be missed balcony-less Elephant & Castle shopping centre. If you can't afford to visit Latin America, you'd be well-advised to hang out here for an afternoon. Colombians everywhere, I was in heaven!

    So I'd just gorged an eggs Benedict/Florentine combo two hours previously, so decided to opt for a 'lighter lunch' named Bandeja Paisa. This is essentially a dish served with rice, pork belly, red kidney beans, minced beef, sausage, fried egg, fried plantain, avocado and garnish. Now there was some sort of flying saucer shaped corn-thing (sorry for the technical term) on my plate, which apparently in Colombia is the Spanish translation for a lesbian, WTF? Uncharacteristically enough it was rather bland and I didn't eat it, ahem. Smut aside, the 'bisteck' or 'bisexual beef' that everyone else ordered was absolutely delicious, so much better than your average non Latin-American cut it doesn't bear repeating! "Mano dura y corazón grande!" The love affair with all things Latin continues, just can't get enough!

    • Qype User mdw12…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    6/12/2012

    Not so good.
    Nice place, nice guy serving us, nice beer, baby fiendly.
    Food, pretty grim.
    Frozen diced veg (do they stiil make those?), croquettes, again stright out the freezer. Meat was not too bad. Sauce tasted of tinned tomatoes. Salad was browning iceberg.
    If the food was around £6-7 a plate, I would be writing a far more posisitve review as we had an OK time fo it, but it was around £12 per plate, with the final bill being £50 (two small beers each, and a plate of pasta for the baby) for which I expect good qualiity ingredients cooked with some degree of care and passion.
    We both had a strong brandy when we got home to get rid of the taste.

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