At work this week we’ve had Isla in doing work experience. She’s been a real help and has managed to cope with a pretty busy week. To celebrate the end of what I thought was a great week (hopefully she did too), Isla and I went to Bodega Birmingham for lunch. As Isla likes writing I thought it might be nice to let her guest post on the blog as an additional tick on the ‘IT skills’ box. Over to Isla…
As someone whose knowledge of Birmingham is even patchier than my knowledge of the working world, I was fairly surprised to find Bodega’s orange sign tucked away on a side street. For those (like me) who don’t know, Bodega is a South American style cantina, with big prints on the wall and a cocktail bar complete with a merry cluster of bottles. It was pretty quiet at 12:30, but as the meal went on the places filled up, giving Bodega a friendly, albeit slightly cramped, Friday lunch buzz.
We started with the non-alcoholic cocktails; Laura had the Elderflower Fizz which she described as nice, but sweeter than she’d been expecting while I tried out Bodega’s Lemongrass and Ginger Tang, which was reminiscent of still ginger beer with a refreshing lemony twist. Perhaps the bottom was a little over syrupy, but I raced through my glass before the mains had hit the table, which I reckon is a great success.
Laura and I both went for dishes off the ‘Street Food’ section of the menu. My Roasted Sweetcorn, Pepper and Tomato Quesadilla was small but mighty. The tortilla crunch offset the gooey cheese centre well, and the vegetables gave it a lovely lift. Delicious, although there’s a reason it didn’t make it on to the light bite section of the menu, as the cheese filling is the main component and is as heavy and comforting as they come. Laura said her burrito was nice and had lots of flavour, the meat in particular, but the second half was a little soggy by the time she went to eat it.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. As Bodega is a South American cantina, it seemed criminal not to try out their Churros for desert. Cinnamonny, chewy and again, immeasurably comforting, my Churros disappeared at an alarming rate of knots (along with my entire pot of toffee sauce – much to my amazement).
As Friday afternoons go, stopping for lunch at Bodega Birmingham is a great way to have a break, whether or not you’re lucky enough to be under the wing of a lovely food blogger. The service was fast and friendly, the atmosphere upbeat and the food sunny and satisfying.
by Isla Chaplin