Restaurant Review – Wahaca – White City

by Hot Juan on February 21, 2012 · 2 comments

in Restaurant Reviews

wahaca

wahaca

Wahaca is a smallish restaurant chain at the moment 6 sites around London plus a street kitchen, it was started by Thomasina Miers and her Husband, I hope you will all remember Thomasina as she won the BBC cookery competition Masterchef in 2005 (Which I think was the only time I watched a complete series).

We decided to start do early as we has two children with us, who had been on the go all day, so just after 6 we arrived, the place was not full but was still busy, after a few moment we where show to our table and our waitress explained the options and then while we decided she brought us some nibbles.

Yummie

Yummie

We has the Fresh Tomato salsa, Guacamole, which my wife raved about, she is a but of an expert on eating Guacamole if left unwatched, and Frijoles which is a dip made with twice cooked black beans that has to be tried to be believed, it is served with a topping of finely grated cheese, all of these came with tortilla chips.

On the table we has a couple of Chilli Sauces which we have now got in our schedule for review, so more about them later.

We decided we would try all the street foods, it recommend we order 2-3 dishes each, so we has the lot:-

Tacos – Soft corn tortilla with:-

  • Port Pibil – Slow cooked pork with a Yucatecan marinade
  • Chicken Mole – Chicken in a Poblano Mole Sauce
  • Grilled  British Steak – Steak with a Chipltle Salsa
  • Winter Veg –  Veg with Mushrooms, Savoy Cabbage and Borlotti beans with a Pasilla Salsa

Tostadas – Crips tortilla with:-

  • MSC Herring – Smoke Herrings with Tomato Salsa and Lime Juice
  • Chicken Guajillo – Chicken , Lettuce, Guacamolewith Smokey Guajilli Oil
  • Black Bean – Refried beans, with Avacado Salsa, Cheese and Tomato Salsa

Taquitos- Corn tortillas wrapped around:-

  • Marinated Chicken – Lettuce, Cheese and Tomato Salsa
  • Savoy and Pasilla – Savoy Cabbage, Mushrooms, Pasilla Salsa with Lettuce, Feta and Chipotle Salsa.

Quesadillas – Large toasted tortillas folded over a filling of:-

  • Black Beans & Cheese
  • Chorizo & Potato
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Huitlacoche – Mushrooms, corn, and melted cheese

There is no special children’s menu, but our waitress arranged some dishes to come without any spicy accompaniments, but most of the food was not overly spicy and while our five year old (Mary) did not eat a lot she liked the tortilla chips and Antony (11) loved it all

Churros Y Chocolate

Taste my Churros Y Chocolate at your own risk!

And then there was the puddings, but after so much we almost passed on this, but the “Churros Y Chocolate” was so tempting we order 3, two with Chocolate and one with Caramel sauce. As you can see Antony was very taken with these.

With drinks for 4 adults and 2 children the bill came to about £150, but we did not so short measures on anything and the street food ranged from £3.50 to £4.50 per plate.

This restaurant is not for the intimate romantic meal the place is noisy with little in the way of soft furnishing to deaden the sounds, if you closed you eyes you could be in a noisy street market. I understand that each of the other in the chain has it own individual ambience.

On the way out (and in) there was a large bowl full of what looked like  match books, but turned out to be promotional packs of seedsticks make by a company called Sow Easy , each contains 5 seedsticks with Serrano chilli seeds ready to plant and grown your own Mexican experience.

Over the weekend we visited a number of restaurants, some that included a service charge in the bill, but provided very little service, wahaca was not one of these we had a great time and we would like to thank Ed Rebelo and all the staff at wahaca for a great meal, we will be back to try more very soon.

Food & Drink
(9/10)
Service
(8/10)
Ambience
(7/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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