Review: Wahaca, Covent Garden

wahacaI think I’ve mentioned a few times now how much I love Mexican Food… so every time we visit London, first on my list for a MUST visit lunch is the ace Wahaca. Founded by Thomasina Miers, this mexican market eating style restaurant is fast, furious and super friendly. I have been probably about 6 or 7 times now and I have never failed to have a good meal. The flagship Wahaca is near Covent Garden, but I have also eaten in the branch in Soho. I long for them to venture outside the M25 and open one in Birmingham – I might be their best customer if that happened!

Wahaca is also very big on sustainability, trying to create seasonal menus with ingredients sourced locally where possible or imported with the utmost care for the environment, as well as building the restaurants in the most environmentally friendly way possible. They have actually received awards in this area and I think it’s great that they care so much about this.

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The food is fresh and really flavoursome. There are a few options to eat at Wahaca – the first is the street food section, choose lots of little dishes to share between friends, the food arrives as its ready so just dive in and keep eating. Theres also the more traditional main/larger dishes which includes taco bowls and burritos amongst other things. We always go for the street food option, because, as you all know by now, I have trouble making decisions, especially when it comes to food, so the more dishes I can choose/sample the better. Hence my love of tapas and tasting menus.

Moving on…. We started with some tortilla chips along with some guacamole and tomato salsa. We then usually try to go for a range of street food dishes with different meats and styles so here’s a list of what we chose on this occasion!

  • Pork Pibil Tacos: Slow cooked pork in special Yucatecan marinade with fiery pickled onions.
  • Grilled British Steak Tacos with chipotle salsa
  • Black bean Tostadas: re-fried beans topped with avocado salsa, crema, Lancashire cheese and fresh tomato salsa.
  • Tender, marinated chicken Taquitos: With shredded lettuce, Lancashire cheese and fresh tomato salsa
  • Chorizo & potato Quesadillas: British chorizo, fresh thyme and steamed potato
  • Green rice: Rice blitzed with coriander, onion and garlic
  • Corn and bean salad: Mixed salad leaves tossed with diced avocado, corn and bean salsa topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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As usual the food was delicious. It’s so fresh tasting and actually really quite healthy in general. The Pork Pibil Tacos are a favourite of ours and I love the tangy pink pickled onions that adorn them – I even had a go at making these myself once! They certainly didn’t disappoint, the pork is so tender with layers and layers of flavour and really set off by the onions. The steak tacos again were a hit – the steak juicy and not overcooked and the chipotle salsa had a perfect level of smoky heat.

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Pork Pibil

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Steak Tacos

The black bean tostadas are one we had not tried before and were thoroughly enjoyable – Lee loves black beans so this was one of his favourites. I think the best thing about these street food little plates is the layers of flavour and ingredients – there’s so much going on in each mouthful you get explosions of different tastes. This definitely applies to the corn and bean salad we had – the addition of crunchy pumpkin really elevates it to another level.

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Black Bean Tostadas

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Corn and Bean Salad

Both the chicken taquitos and the chorizo quesadillas were also great. The quesadillas are very filling though so watch it if you’re ordering more than one type of quesadilla – you might struggle to finish them!

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Chorizo Quesadillas

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Chicken Taquitos

We were marginally disappointed with the green rice – we felt it was a little dry/under the heat lamp too long and were expecting more of a punch of fresh herby flavour. Possibly the only thing we’ve ever not thoroughly enjoyed at Wahaca. Saying that..it’s a pretty minor point really!

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Green Rice

We usually share some churros for dessert which are soft and fluffy and gorgeous but on this occasion we couldn’t fit any more in!

If you live in London and have not been, or are visiting our capital for a day or two I would definitely recommend Wahaca. Its fantastic fresh food at really reasonable prices and I don’t think you will be disappointed

http://www.wahaca.co.uk

Have a look here for their locations

PS – You can also now buy some of the table sauces from Wahaca in the Supermarket. Their Haberno one is absolutely to die for.

Have you been to Wahaca? Let me know what you thought in the comments!  🙂

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

8 thoughts on “Review: Wahaca, Covent Garden

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  2. cliff richardson says:

    All well and good. Only issue I have is the fact that the waitress warned us that all the food might come together. Not what you want when you are in the middle of the great Street starters and your massive main turns up. Seems to me a quick way of serving the food and getting you out of a busy restauarnt. Also messed up the drinks order but we got a complimentary drink(probably another messed up order!!)

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  3. Jessica says:

    Thanks for this great review, I’ll be definitely trying this place. As a big lover of Thai food, I tried a Thai restaurant named Thai Square in Covent Garden and had an amazing experience there. I highly recommend that place if you like Thai food. A review of Thai Square on your blog will be great.

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