August 16, 2019
which gave us a chance to catch up on a bit of CBD eating. Towards
then end of MIFF, we rocked up for a post-movie dinner late on
Friday at vegan-friendly Mexican dive-bar Bodega Underground. It’s
buzzing on a weekend – you absolutely need to book – with lots of
big tables throwing back cocktails and tacos. It feels as least as
much a bar as a restaurant, so don’t head there expecting a quiet,
low-key vibe. We kicked off with drinks – a margarita for me ($20),
a tequila, elderflower and aloe cocktail for Jess and a pineapple,
mint and lime mocktail for Cindy.
of each of the three vegan tacos: frijoles (black beans, salsa
verde, shaved vegetable chips and pickled jalapenos, $11), ejotes
(green beans, apple and mint vegan slaw, salsa roja and guacamole,
$12) and batata (sweet potato, pickled beetroot, vegan jalapeno
crema, toasted pepitas and coriander, $11).
with a good range of different flavours.
Our other pair of dishes were the vegan mole chilaquiles (pulled
mushrooms with mole sauce, tortilla chips, jalapeno crema, queso
catija, pickled onion and coriander, $16).
This was probably my favourite dish – a big, smoky nacho-style mess
with some excellent creamy jalapeno mush and tangy onion bits.
Finally, we had the charred cauliflower (salsa verde, salsa de dos
quesos, annata pepitas and radish, $16).
combo of sauces and extras on top of this one added some bite and
creaminess to the tender cauli.
Bodega Underground is a buzzing, boozy option for a late night
dinner, with an excellent array of vegan Mexican dishes. Service
was friendly and pretty efficient, even with hordes of people there
on a Friday night – book in and check it out.
stairs and is cramped and loud. According to their website,
children are not welcome(!). We didn’t visit the toilets.
Source: FS – Healthy – Vegetarian