Mexican Street Food tapas style at Wahaca:
Westfield White City hosts a range of restaurants on their Southern Terrace, many with al fresco seating, making it the perfect post-shopping spot, especially during the summer months.
I was invited along to review Wahaca, which some of you may have discovered by now is a very successful Mexican street food chain, the brainchild of MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers.
The White City Wahaca restaurant has a vibrant and colourful interior, it hosts high ceilings, an open plan kitchen and bar area with seating spilling onto the outdoor terrace. There’s a bright chain curtain, which cleverly divides the space and above are an array of large softly glowing lanterns. The atmosphere is fun and lively and with a bit of imagination, you could almost smell the Gulf of Mexico.
I’ve always rather enjoyed Mexican food and Wahaca provides the perfect place to for a sociable meal, where you’re able to share an abundance of small dishes, which are freshly prepared in Mexican styled tapas.
But in my view, no Mexican meal would be complete without a Margarita!
I kicked off the evening with my favourite, a Classic Margarita made with organic agave syrup, which was perfectly made, refreshing, punchy, and not too sweet with the just the right balance of ice. My friend opted for the more refined Rested Classic Margarita served with richer Altis Reposado tequila which he said was equally as good, we accompanied these with some creamy guacamole with crunchy tortilla chips.
The service at Wahaca White City was fabulous, our lovely waitress Ann was friendly and helpful, we wanted to try out the street food, she advised us to choose 2 -3 dishes each to share which turned out to be just about right. It’s very reasonably priced and there’s lots of choice and plenty for veggies as well as meat eaters.
Wahaca have recently launched their new menu so we were up for trying something a bit different. We sampled a few unique combinations; I have certainly never eaten Cactus before, have you? The Cactus and courgette tacos were certainly a bit of a surprise, I’m not sure I’m completely sold as they were a bit mushy but quite sweet and tasty.
The Tostadas with pea mint and ricotta looked very pretty and provided a wonderful balance of fresh mint, creamy ricotta and peas with the lovely crunch of the tostadas and a bit of a bite.
Platitos are small plates inspired by the Market; we ate sweet potato and feta Taquito – tasty crisp blue corn tortilla filled with delicious creamy sweet potato and feta, complemented by caramelised onions and salsa chipotle mayo on a bed of salad.
The Chicken Club Quesadillas were stuffed with grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce and melted cheese, very rich and cheesy.
The sustainable battered cod Baja Taco was a real hit and definitely our favourite of the evening, a great combination of tender chunks of cod nestling in a bed of crunchy slaw and pickled cucumber in a soft tortilla, a bit of a standout dish
We finished our meal by digging into a shared bowl of indulgent ice cream; we chose three different flavours, a rich salted caramel, creamy vanilla ice cream and an unusual black coconut, which was absolutely delicious, apparently they char grill the shell of the coconut which is then added to the ice cream which is why it’s so black. This combo was served with a slightly savoury crisp cinnamon pastry wafer.
Wahaca makes a fabulous destination for a Mexican style summers evening, it’s fun, flavour packed and it won’t break the bank.
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