Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:26

Restaurant Review Ojo Rojo

Restaurant Review Ojo Rojo

In The Triangle, at the top of Bournemouth's town centre, you'll find a funky new restaurant that's well worth a visit.

Opened in March, Ojo Rojo offers some tasty twists on Mexican street food and drink. We were quick to get a table and try some of the many tempting menu items. Friendly staff talked us through the menu and provided free water for the table - always a big tick from us.

We visited for lunch and tried the Brisket Tacos with Sweet Potato Fries (regular readers of our reviews will not be surprised by that choice!). The smoked beef brisket comes as three soft shell taco, the beef cooked for 12 hours with a smoked garlic & shallot puree topped with salsa verde and crispy parsnip slithers. They're delicious but not a massive portion so be sure to order 1 or 2 sides. So let's talk about sweet potato fries, the must-have side that graces so many menus at the moment. These can be terrible soggy bars of mush or crispy delights that get fought over until the last morsel has gone. I am pleased to say the Ojo Rojo fries are near perfect - perfectly cooked, seasoned with thyme infused salt and served with a chiptole mayo. They are great, do not have a meal here without a portion.

Drinks were a traditional Horchata, made with almond milk and cinnamon, and Agua de Jamaica, a fruity punch. Both delicious in their own way but served on so much ice there wasn't a huge quantity of drink in the glass.

There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu and plenty to try on your next visit.

Ojo Rojo specialist in the Mexican 'Mezcal' drink, which is made from the Agave plant, which is native to Mexico. It's not a million miles away from Tequila and many can be used similarly in cocktails. Give it a try.

The interior decor is earthy with plenty of rough cut wood, filament light bulbs (now we're not allowed them at home they seem to be ubiquitous in every trendy eatery) and funky chairs. However the individual styling here is just that bit more creative with a wonderful metal tree in the upstairs area. Local street artist Krishna Malla and students from Arts University Bournemouth were drafted by the owners to help bring the new restaurant to life and the impressive mural on the outer wall is a great addition.

Workers were putting the finishing touches to the venue during our visit, but Ojo Rojo is already measuring up as one of Bournemouth's top new destinations.

Our lunch with drinks came to £18.80 for two, a very reasonable bill for the quality on offer here. The low prices go with fairly small portions, be prepared to order a few dishes, tapas style if hungry.

106 Commercial Road, The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5LR

Book a table: 01202 555282