It may be halfway round the world from the origin of the food, but from what we heard, Wahaca serves up one of the best Mexican street food in town, and what’s better? It wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket!
I’m going to admit that we don’t know our Mexican food well at all, so you can either (a) dismiss this as an amateur post on Mexican cuisine, or (b) think of it as a Singaporean’s tongue’s take on Mexican food.
First up was a Pork Pibil Taco (GBP3.95). These are small, palm-sized tortillas with a good heap of pork on it. Slow-cooked till tender, the meat melts in your mouth without much effort and if you’re not careful, the sauce might dribble down your chin! The spice of it comes from the chilli and onion – a great way to get your appetite working.
Next is the Tender Marinated Chicken Taquito (GBP3.95). Instead of a soft tortilla wrapping (like the one above), these are deep fried and the crunch of it compliments well with the tender chicken inside.
The British Steak Burrito (GBP6.85) was the only ‘main’ we ordered. It was black beans, cabbage, rice, spring onions and beef wrapped in a lightly toasted tortilla. While the fillings blended well together, there was a tad too much carbs in the overall combination, what with the rice and tortilla. Oh, and see the spoonful of salsa on the chips? Best salsa ever. Not the punch-in-your-arm kind of heat, but the kick-in-your-face kind of spicy, tangy, with a subtle sweetness that keeps you wanting more. A great refreshing side to the otherwise heavy main.
The winner of Best Mexican for the Zagat London Restaurant Guide 2010, Wahaca is definitely worth the trip!
The Park Pavilion
London, E14 5FW
66 Chandos Place
London WC2N 4HG
80 Wardour Street
London, W1F OTF
1074 Westfield Shopping Centre
Ariel Way London W12 7GB
PS: We visited the one at Covent Garden, just a little off the hustle and bustle of the shopping crowd!