Edinburgh is full of Mexican eateries but none specialise in tacos and none have an off-menu Eden Mill dessert.
Bodega, tucked away on Elm Row off Leith Walk, is a gem of the Edinburgh foodie scene. The taqueria is colourful and snug, seating about 20 people, so definitely book, and it is BYOB policy creates a relaxed atmosphere.
The starters and sharers offer traditional Mexican options including guacamole or black bean and melted cheese dip, but the soft taco selection reveals the international and street food influences of the team behind the restaurant.
There are still traditional options including baja-style crispy cod bites, but there is a number of international flavours including Japanese avocado tempura with wasabi mayo and Asian slaw and Jamaican jerk pork. Closer to home there is crispy haggis served with pineapple chutney and charred onion puree, which can also be veggie on request.
The team update the specials board weekly and when we visited it featured several interesting choices plus a delicious buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce one, which we devoured! Check out their Facebook page for the latest specials and by the way did we mentioned the tortillas they use are gluten-free?
Following eating more tacos than we would like to admit, we moved onto the main reason for our visit – to try the Eden Mill gin dessert.
Eden Mill Scottish gin is traditionally made by hand in Scotland using copper pot stills in Guardbridge, St Andrews using botanicals from the local area and from throughout the world. It is also Scotland’s first single-site distillery and brewery, making gin, whisky and beer.
Now we love dessert and we love Scottish gin, so we were very excited to try this and we were not disappointed. The dish was a no-bake chocolate cake served with marshmallows, jelly and honeycomb with a berry coulis.
Where was the gin you ask? There was Golf Gin in the marshmallow, the jelly was gin and tonic flavoured, chef used Oak Gin in the no-bake chocolate cake and Love Gin in the coulis. Our personal favourite was the Hop Gin in the honeycomb – it was hoppy and ginny and everything you want it to be.
If you want to find out more about Eden Mill gin or fancy heading to Bodega, following the links below.