My plan was for a nice lunch at a fancy restaurant, unknown to me, Jackie’s was on a mission and that mission was Wahaca in Soho. Who was I to argue on her birthday. Wahaca was a Mexican restaurant, part of a small chain owned by Thomisina Meirs, a previous winner of the BBC tv show ‘Masterchef’.
We walked into it and the first thing to strike me was how clean and bright the restaurant was, it reminded me a bit of the layout from ‘Smiths of Smithfield’ but only much better.
We were seated on a table of two, with a bench down one side and a chair on the other,
The first thing I noticed was the paper mats on the table were in fact the menu, ala ‘Wagamama’ style.
We ordered a Guacamole nibble whilst we were deciding what to order, we took the slightly non traditional version without tortilla chips but with ‘lighter’ pork scratching. The guacamole was delicious and set us about picking our brunch.
We opted to try the ‘street food’ option, which are smaller options, designed to share. Nothing beats sharing food, especially if you haven’t tried it before.
We opted to order a Pork Pilbal taco’s which consisted of slow cooked pork in their own Yucateecan marinade. There were three small tacos each with a tasting of the pulled pork.. The pork tasted great my only complaint was that there wasn’t enough, they were that tasty.
Next we ordered cerviche, which came with shrimps and scallops tossed with a mix of Habanero, lime, mint and fresh tomato salad. This was a lovely fresh dish with a zing in the mouth that refreshed the pallet. The Habanero added a slight kick that didn’t over power the dish.
The quesadillas were the highlight of the food we ordered, the chorizo and the steamed potatoes were a great contrast to the melted cheese with just a bit of thyme apparent. The chorizo added an extra level of texture to the dish. If you’re in Wahaca you really must try it.
The final dish we ordered was taquito dish with marinated chicken. It came with shredded lettuce, Lancashire cheese and another salsa. This certainly wasn’t the best looking dish I’ve seen in the world, it was tasty and filling but perhaps not the best dish we tried.
We were contemplating one final dish but to our surprise and delight our waiter asked if we were still peckish, we said yes and offered us a frijoles on the house, it was an extra dish that wasn’t required but rather than throw it away would we like it? Obviously we said yes and it was delicious, the refried beans were really tasty with the cheese and cream.
To finish our lunch we pushed the boat out and had a couple of cocktails and they liked everything else delivered.
Overall it was a great lunch which we thoroughly enjoyed and Wahaca is very much worth a visit.