Mexican street food, Wahacca

I went to Wahacca in February this year for my birthday, but that was way back in the olden days before I started writing my blog – can you even remember how you coped without reading Hannah Lou Wynne?

For those of you who haven’t been to Wahacca before – it’s a small chain of Mexican themed resturants in London. Last weekend, I went to the one in Covent Garden.

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Bright lights

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Try to ignore the lady blowing her nose…

I went with friends from travelling, Jo and Poppy, for quick lunch and a catch up.

You have to walk downstairs into the restaurant, and past the cocktail bar underground. The interior is brightly coloured and ‘friendly’ looking – but it’s all open plan and the tables are close together.

We didn’t have to wait for a table at lunchtime, but when I came before in a large group on a Saturday evening we had a few cocktails at the bar while we waited for a table. They don’t take bookings.

Being a Mexican, all the cocktails are tequila based. This is great if you like tequila, and if (like me) you can’t stand the stuff, you have to learn to like it, because there aren’t any other cocktail options!

The food is what you’d expect: nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and exotic Mexican burrito type things called tostadas and taquitos.

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Healthy healthy – Salmon Tostada

The menu is a bit confusing at first. You can order ‘street food’ which comes on smaller plates containing two or three small tortillas that you can either share with someone, or choose two or three dishes to eat by yourself. They also do bigger plates of dishes like loaded burritos and Mexican chicken that you can order sides to go along with.

We shared some ‘Frijoles and Tortilla Chips’ to start which came with creamy black beans with crumbled cheese and cream on top.

For mains, I went for one of their summer specials, the Salmon Tostada and also a Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla because I wanted something extra cheesy. The Salmon Tostada was tasty – it was essentially salmon and avocado on a corn shell with mayo and onions.

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If you want to sauce things up…

My quesadilla looked a bit like a triangle shaped panini, because it was a toasted tortilla with melted cheese and chicken inside. Jo and Poppy both had the Marinated Chicken Taquito, which is a deep fried chicken tortilla with lettuce, Lancashire cheese and salsa piled on top. It looked very green and healthy… unlike my cheesy quesadilla oops.

I was really full after eating all this, and basically didn’t eat for the rest of the day! Wahacca was perfect for lunch on a weekend, and good if you like tequila too. I’d quite like to try everything on the menu, so I think going in a big group would be good if you could order lots of dishes and share – or if everyone let you try some theirs!

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Me and my amigos, Jo and Poppy

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