We’ve been fans of Bodega, in Birmingham City Centre for quite some years although since Imogen was born I think we’ve only been the once. I recently attended a new menu tasting launch there too and unfortunately wasn’t particularly wowed by the new menu. Nevertheless when I heard that they were opening a branch much closer to me in Sutton Coldfield I was keen to try it and hoped it would be a good addition to a chain heavy town with not the most exciting of food offerings.
We visited back in the Easter holidays, one a week or two after it opened when they were doing a kids eat free deal which is fantastic, so hope they bring that back again next year. The space is done out in Bodegas typical bright and colourful fashion with a semi open kitchen towards the back.
Bodgeas cocktails have always impressed me, and on this occasion I went for a Lychee & Passionfruit Cooler.
We shared a couple of their street food/light bites to start with. The famous nachos, which I’m very glad to say did not disappoint, and alongside this thewith Mint, coriander and fresh pineapple salsa. I really liked the flavours of this dish – it was light fresh and tangy but I wished the halloumi was a bit thicker as they fell apart a bit on the plate.
Lee went for thecheese sauce, salsa fresca, chimichurri dressing and lettuce in a toasted tortilla. He wasn’t sure what to expect with this but actually really enjoyed it – the tortilla did a good job as standing up in place of a bun and the latin american flavours working well together.
I decided to go for a few more of the light bites instead of a main – so I tried the Mexican Cola Wings, Arroz con Gambas which is An Ecudorian dish of Rice mixed with marinated king prawns, sauteed onions, peppers, black beans & corn and lastly some
I loved the cola wings – they had a perfect sticky sweet sauce and were crispy on the outside which is a must for wings for me. I wasn’t so keen on the prawns which I found a bit bland and needed a good dollop of hot sauce.
Family friendly? Yes, alongside the kids eat free deal which we managed to take adavantage of we liked the well thought our kids menu (Imogen had a Chicken Quesadilla with Rice) and there is plenty of room for pushchairs as well as good changing facilities.
Overall a decent first visit, but some dishes did lack flavour as I had found recently with the Birmingham branch too. Despite this, I would definitely return if wanting to dine in Sutton, and hope it will be a great addition to the area.
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