First things first, I love Wahaca, I have been a massive fan since being introduced to the Mexican restaurant last year, so when an email popped into my inbox asking if I wanted to have a meal with them I was there at the first possible opportunity. For those of you who haven’t visited before, Wahaca describes itself as ‘Mexican street eating’, I personally would describe it as Mexican Tapas, as the menu offers a lot of smaller dishes of which you pick three or four. Wahaca has popped up at various locations in the UK over the past few years and has quickly become a new top and convenient place to eat in the city.
Aside from the great food one thing I love about Wahaca is the chilled out atmosphere and bright themed decor, and the Wimbledon branch is no different, we arrived at 8pm on a Tuesday to a surprisingly very busy restaurant but was still greeted with quick and cheerful service that I have always received. As I mentioned the majority of Wahaca’s menu is made up of various smaller dishes allowing plenty of variety for meal options, new dishes are always popping up and specials are added for different occasions.
We pondered the menu over cold Coronas while snacking on tortilla chips with chunky ripe guacamole (£4.45) , it was during this time that I noticed, quite loudly and delightfully that they had brought back the pea and mint empanadas (£4.25) to the menu – seriously these little hand held pies of joy are a gift from above. Even if you are not vegetarian make sure you add these to your dishes. I strayed way from my usual sweet potato and feta tortillas and instead opted for the new toasted cornbread with chipotle honey butter and whipped goats cheese (£3.50), the honey butter sauce was delicious and the perfect accompaniment to the goats cheese, however I did find the cornbread slightly too heavy and the sweetness of it reminded more of a dessert.
My boyfriend opted for devon crab and shrimp taquitos (£4.95), considering he is not the biggest fan of fish based food he really enjoyed the full flavour which was offset by the tangy habanero slaw & fresh tomato salsa drizzled over the top, following this he went for grilled steak tacos (£4.50) that he did however feel lacked a slight amount of flavour but there is an option to add crisp grilled cheese as a topping, which I think would enhance and create different flavour. Then finally he decided on ancho chicken tacos (£4.25), chicken marinated in a sweet smokey ancho chilli sauce topped with habanero mayo. Incase you had not guessed, my boyfriend is most definitely not vegetarian, which is another reason I love Wahaca, there are so many options for both veggie and meat eaters, meaning there is not compromising on menu choices for either party.
After deciding that the Indonesia diet was fully out of the picture (again!) that evening, I ordered some super sugary churros to share for dessert which were served with a rich and smooth chocolate sauce. Wahacas laid back vibe and simple good food make their restaurants a great option for a week day date night or a catch up with friends, the frequent refresh in menu also ensures a different dining experience on each visit.