Leicester's St Martin's Square is fast becoming one of the city's most popular cultural hangouts, with boutique stores and new bars and eateries, it has completely changed it's vibe over the past few years.
So it's no surprise that Midlands based South American restaurant Bodega Cantina have chose here to open their third venue.
With General Manager, Benjamin Le Gros (formally of TGI Fridays and Pizza Express) and Head Chef, Ellis Andrew (from stylish champagne bar The Case) running the show, you know you're in good hands.
I was invited along to a pre-launch press night last week for a sneak peak and a cheeky taster of their menu. With a margarita in hand, I had a little look around at the South American themed decor.
Bright, bold and vibrant, with a bit of quirky character thrown in, their in-house artist has done an amazing job. If you're visiting, definitely take a look at their first floor based function room, with a back drop of a completely hand decorated graffiti wall. (You can check it out on my Instagram here)
And let me tell you foodie instagrammers, the light in this place is ah-mazing!! The great lighting, colourful decor along with the beautifully presented food and drink, this place makes for the perfect instagram shots! You're welcome! ;)
We were lucky enough to be treated to some tasters from their 'South American Street Food' menu, all hand cooked and prepared in their open kitchen.
The staff were keen for us all to have plenty of food to try and were clearly passionate about their menu, giving us the full lowdown on what each dish contained and how it was made.
The food looked, and those that I tasted were amazing! Yummy nachos, filling tacos, a really tasty Brazilian dish called xim xim (like a chicken & prawn curry with 'dirty' rice), stuffed jalapenos for those brave enough, spicy meatballs (which tasted SO good) and my favourite of the night, chicken quesadillas, filled with melted cheese. Delish!
The menu is broad and full of options for the fussiest of eaters, as well as fulfilling many dietary requirements with numerous vegetarian and gluten free options.
All of these yummy samples were washed down with cocktails a plenty, from the very friendly, very talented bar staff who were keeping the freshly prepared cocktails flowing all evening.
Manager Ben is eager for customers to try their tequila, “We are keen to educate customers on how to sip and savour tequila and gain a real appreciation for its finer flavours. All our tequilas are 100% agave, the plant from which it is made.”
A huge well done to all of the staff involved in such a successful night, and I wish them all well for the launch!
Bodega Cantina is definitely right up my street and I've already made plans for me and the Mr to spend date night there very soon, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on more quesadillas and finishing off with some sweet churros! YUM!
You can find Bodega Cantina in St Martins Square, Leicester and you can visit their website for more information here.
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