Casa Negra is fun and funky Mexican in Shoreditch. On a warm summer evening with all the windows open and a frozen margarita in hand it felt like we were somewhere much more tropical than the Great Eastern Road.
I would definitely recommend getting frozen margaritas to start, these might be my new favourite thing ever. They’re like alcoholic slushies, with interesting fruit flavours. I had raspberry and mint, J went for the spiced mango. Perfect cooling mechanism in this hot weather!
We weren’t that hungry so we went straight to mains. I had the braised beef cheek with pineapple salsa (£14), which was meltingly tender. The sweet freshness of the pineapple nicely complemented the richness of the meat and the two types of chilli sauce it was sat on packed a punch. J’s sea bass (£19) with red and green adobo (a type of chilli) was also nicely cooked and seasoned, each half of the fish being coated with one of the two sauces. My pet grip is dishes that aren’t complete plates of food and at Case Negra you definitely have to order sides. I had the papas fritas(£3.50), fried potatoes which come with a mole sauce of delicious complexity and depth. J had the arroz verde(£3.50), a lovely rice flavoured with lots of herbs.
One dessert didn’t hit the spot, J had the churros with mezcal chocolate sauce (£6). Previously when I’ve eaten churros they have been burnished, golden things of deliciousness, fresh from the fryer. I have happy memories of burning my lips and fingers with the hot sugary goodness, but being unable to resist going back for another bite, my napkin translucent with oil, when I was forced to rest it down. These were oddly greaseless, almost as if they had been baked not fried, and the chocolate sauce had no hint of mezcal. Baked lemon cheesecake (£6) was fine and we finished up with espresso martinis which were good and strong.
We would come back to Casa Negra, but maybe more for the savouries and the cocktails, I have my eye on the soft shell crab tacos!
54-56 GREAT EASTERN STREET, LONDON, EC2A 3QR
0207 033 7360