Wahaca

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For those lucky few who have been to Mexico, you know that there is nothing like authentic Mexican food. For the rest of us who are still stuck in rainy London, Wahaca might be the next best thing. The restaurant, the equivalent of a Wagamama for Mexican market food, lives up to the promise of delivering quick, fresh and –above all -delicious dishes of Mexican cuisine.

As we descended the stairs to the underground dining space in Covent Garden, and were greeted by the table attendants, we were immediately surrounded by a relaxed atmosphere, colourful interiors featuring commissioned street art and loud surroundings.

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We started our dinner with margaritas in recycled-glass containers and chips served in guacamole sauce. The menu provides enough choice to satisfy even the most demanding appetites: street food; small portions of tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and taquitos to share among friends, and platos fuertes -big portions-, like enchiladas and burritos, to eat on your own. Our favourites include the chargrilled chicken marinated in a Yucatecan sauce, that just melted in the mouth, and the enchilada verde, bathed in a citrusy tomato sauce that provided us with the extra spicy twist.

The restaurant prides itself for sourcing meat from local farms in the UK, for using free-range chicken and pork and for supporting sustainable fishing practice. It was also recently featured in the Observer Food Monthly magazine and won the award for the “Best cheap place to eat in the UK”.

However, potential visitors be warned! As you would expect from an authentic Mexican market eatery, there are no table reservations. Just show up and be prepared to queue, especially during peak hours. The friendly table attendants will even offer to call you when the next table will become available. So you can relax at a nearby pub knowing that it won’t be long before you indulge in this fabulous feast of Mexican delights.

Lambda.

P.S.: Wahaca is located at 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG, and now also at the London Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GB.

(all pictures © Lambda Phage).

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