6th December 2016 at 5.30pm
Wahaca opened up earlier in the year to much fanfare and queuing (albeit inside, waiting in the bar area). Now the dust has settled, no queuing was required for a table. The brainchild of Masterchef’s Thomasina Miers, Wahaca has become a runaway success.
We were seated in the upstairs area and had a friendly waitress who offered to go throuygh the menu with us but we declined as we thought it was quite clear. The menu offers street food type dishes, a bit like tapas, or more traditional ‘starters and mains’ type food. We both decided to get some dishes from the street food part of the menu. The recommendation is two to three dishes per person. I went for three and my friend went for two and a side. Similar to tapas, the dishes come out when they were ready.
My first dish was the chicken tingas tacos. These were grilled chicken thigh in a chipotle and tomato sauce. I like a soft tortilla, so these were great to roll up and munch on. The sauce was lovely and the chicken was moist. I then tucked into some chilli quesadilla. This consisted on onions, jalapeños and feta. The quesadilla was a more substantial dish, with the chillis hot and tingley and the cheese all gooey. Yum! My last dish was the prawn tacos. This wasn’t originally what I ordered as I had chosen the salmon sashimi tostadas but they were out of salmon, which was a shame but as the fish is fresh we’ll let them off. The prawn tacos were excellent though so it more than made up for it. The flavour was excellent and the guacamole and tomato salsa complimented it well. The topping of chipotle mayo finished it off nicely. My only complaint was that my plate was taken away before I realised that I actually still had some salsa left on it.On the other side of the table the food was also going down really well. She said how full of flavour her dishes were. She had opted for the black bean and cheese quesadilla, the smoky chicken and avocado tostadas and a side of sweet potato chunks. For someone who doesn’t eat all her food normally, she cleared both the street food dishes and almost finished her sweet potato – a testament to how much she enjoyed the food.
We both finished the meal talking about bringing people to try the food, so we must have been suitably impressed. A gift to grow your own Christmas tree with the bill was a fun idea (although you can also pay the bill with an app for an express checkout).
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Would I eat here again? Yup
Cost £35 for 4 street food dishes, one side, a beer and a margarita.