Bodega TollX

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Bodega TollX
36 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LJ
  • Telephone 0131 228 9485
  • Food served Mon–Fri 5–9.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–4pm, 5–9.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times 4–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £10
  • Email
  • Website www.ilovebodega.com
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Tollcross branch of Edinburgh's cult taqueria, serving their followers fresh, funky, great-looking tacos and cracking cocktails.

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While the original Bodega moves to bigger premises on Leith Walk, its sibling taqueria keeps its legion of Mexi-fans as happy as victorious luchadores with its irresistibly Instagrammable tacos. It’s a simple room, no mariachi jollity required: exposed brick, ice-cream pastel walls, monochrome portraits of Mexican wrestlers and wall-hanging greenery. Kick off with a cranberry and blood orange Margarita to saltily whet the buds for sparkly cod and tiger prawn cerviche or some chunky guac and tortillas. Then it’s tacos all the way. Opt for one of the new sharing platters or pick a couple of street-size delights each, then compare and share. You can’t go wrong, but highlights might be cochinita pibil – slow-cooked pork shoulder with feta and pretty-in-pink pickled red onion; or texture-tastic avocado tempura with wasabi mayo; or the Baja cod bites, two fun fish n chip butties, Mex-style, with panko-crumbed cod and potato matchsticks, with a slurp of smoky sauce. Those with a wrestler’s appetite, or sweet tooth, should finish with three-milk sponge cake with strawberries and cream. Or another cocktail.

The List's rating
8

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James Teideman visited Bodega TollX on 17 January 2019
  • High point: Exquisite cliché-free Mexican food in taco form
  • Low point: Low-hanging lights: mind your head if you're tall (and clumsy)
  • Notable dish: Baja cod bites
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Downtempo electronic, otherwise mixed
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 15
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle

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