Bodega Underground

August 16, 2019

We had a big Melbourne International Film Festival this year,
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.

The three of us shared a bunch of dishes, including one serve
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).

These were a great selection of fresh and interesting tacos
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).

You can’t go too far wrong with a charred cauliflower the
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.

We found positive reviews for Bodega Underground at The
New Fave
 and Aussie
(although they didn’t love the noise), and a more
unenthusiastic one at far
fetched & fanciful
Bodega Underground
55 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
(03) 9650 9979
Accessibility: Bodega Underground is down narrow
stairs and is cramped and loud. According to their website,
children are not welcome(!). We didn’t visit the toilets.

Source: FS – Healthy – Vegetarian
Bodega Underground

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