Casa Negra, Shoreditch

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Twitter: @CasaNegraLDN

http://www.casanegra.co.uk/

54-56 GREAT EASTERN STREET, LONDON, EC2A 3QR

0207 033 7360

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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