Visited the place for restaurant week, and unlike other 3-course menus, Bodega's, being a tapas place, serves only "main courses" without desserts. Word is that desserts are not a strong point of the the chefs at the tapas bar, though the tiramisu did sound tempting. But I digress. The place was not packed when I visited for dinner ($35++ for a 3 course meal)
during restaurant week, which had me worried. Good places are always filled to the brim. Rather, there was a crowd of mainly expats there for a few drinks and light snacks. The first course that we were served was a Chilled Gazpacho with Fresh Prawn
which I did not enjoy. The prawn was juicy, though tasted bland and the gazpacho reminded me strongly of watermelon juice. Not off to a good start and I almost had to force myself to finish the dish.
I was actually there to celebrate a friend's birthday and was afraid it was going to be a disappointing meal. The menu had exactly 3 courses with just one, fixed option for each course, although one could request for other dishes for an additional fee. Salvation came in the form of the next dish, however, which was the Seared Blue Fin Tuna with Cherry Tomatoes and Mandarin Coulis.
This dish was brilliant and one of the better seared tuna dishes I've had. The cherry tomatoes went well with the lightly-seared cubes of tuna and I was almost wistfully hoping that they gave us more than that small portion for a "main".
The last dish presented to us was one of their signature dishes of Ciabatta-wrapped Crispy Egg with Spinach and Mushroom Ragu
. Though this was better than the gazpacho, I thought it lacked oomph and would have preferred to end the meal with the tuna dish. While the ragu was tasty, the ciabatta wrapped egg was plain and the spinach did nothing to help. Another disappointing dish.
While the dishes were disappointing, what got me excited and ready to go back to Bodega are their drinks. Bodega does happy hour from 12-9pm daily and has 1-for-1 offers for Sangria, House Wines, Draught Beers, Hugo and House Pour Spirits.
I loved the Hugo at Bodega and at just $7 a pop during happy hour, it was well worth it! Besides, go down on Margarita Tuesdays to get magaritas at a discount as well.
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