Food Blog: Bodega Cantina Birmingham

It’s been a while since I have been to Birmingham. A few years ago I would be there most weekends to visit Tereza who lived nearby. Since she moved back to the Czech Republic I have had little reason to visit.

This weekend we had two reasons to visit the city. Reason number one was to meet up with my friend, her partner and her kid to go to the Ice Age Lost World exhibition at the Botanical Gardens.

Reason number two was that I was asked to review Bodega in Birmingham city centre.

The Ice Age exhibition was a little disappointing when it came to food. It did say they had a food fair which turned out to be about five stands of Traders that was nothing like what was advertised on the website. We even skipped breakfast in the hope that we would find some lovely artisan products on offer. We ended up not eating anything there at all! (Tip: take a packed lunch!).

Bodega Birmingham

Needless to say by the time we reached Bodega in Birmingham city centre in the late afternoon we are absolutely ruddy starving.

You know… the type of hungry where you just can’t decide what you want to eat.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise really. Armed with a £40 tab to feature here on the blog, we ended up stuffing our faces with their selection of small sharing plates.

Bodega Birmingham

“Bodega is a contemporary cantina bringing fresh, homemade South American inspired cuisine to Birmingham city centre, Worcester, Leicester & Sutton Coldfield.”


We had a quesadilla and burrito each and went halfsies on both. You can choose what filling you want from the following:

  • Oven roasted peppers, sliced avocado
  • Dr. Pepper marinated pork
  • Chicken mole
  • Chipotle beef brisket chilli

We opted for the beef brisket on the burrito and Dr Pepper pork on the quesadilla.

Bodega Birmingham

Jam packed full of flavour, I struggled to eat my half of of the burrito! I did like the flavours of the quesadilla, but the filling was a little too ‘juicy’ and seeped out, making the outside a bit soggy. The flavour was lovely though…

Alongside the above, we also chose three small plates: Puerto Rican fried chicken served with a chipotle mayo dip, chicken wings marinated in Mexican cola syrup and fish tacos.

The chicken wings were my favourite out of these. The meat just flaked from the bone, they could actually be eaten with cutlery (is there anything worse than eating chicken wings in public?). I also enjoyed how the sauce was a sticky sweet spice.

Another menu delight was the Horchata. Consisting of almond syrup, rice milk and vanilla with a touch of cinnamon. I could drink this by the gallon. So. Good.

It’s amazing how far Birmingham has come with food selections now. I remember going a few years ago and absolutely hating the lack of variety on offer. Even Grand Central at the train station has added even more culinary delights since my last visit!


Key learnings from the day? Skip the Ice Age thing and head straight for the food.

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