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66 Chandos Place
Ex-MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers now oversees branches of her popular canteen-style eatery across the capital and beyond, luring good-timers and young families with its mix of colourful, fashion-conscious surrounds and ‘flavoursome’ Mexican cooking. Vibrantly spiced street food is the deal, which means tacos filled with grilled steak or marinated, slow-cooked pork pibil, crisp tostadas with ceviche or refried beans, taquitos, quesadillas and specials such as the queso fundido – Mexico’s answer to fondue. Salads, grills and burritos bulk out the menu, while a heart-stopping pudding selection includes churros y chocolate and dulce de leche ice cream. Wahaca’s eco-credentials bear scrutiny, and the upbeat young vibe is fuelled by copious Tequila cocktails – even if that true Mexican zing is sometimes missing from the plates. Note: no bookings, but you can always sip a margarita while you wait.
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66 Chandos Place
Charing Cross Tube Station 215m
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London Coliseum 128m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Located just off the piazza in Covent Garden is a small basement restaurant. From street level one can see the slight glimmer of the reclaimed furniture through the windows… if you are passing early enough. Walking past Chandos Place after 6pm, however, will only gift you with a view of people queuing by the roadside. And queue they do! Most evenings in Wahaca in Covent Garden are busy… and I mean 9000 people a week busy. As one of my favourite places to have Mexican food in London I am used to the ambiance and buzz experienced in Wahaca. I thought it would be the perfect venue for 8 of us to begin our night out in Covent Garden.
In such a busy restaurant the first thing that hits you is the vibe; the constant buzz of conversation, waiters and waitresses moving through their sections like seasoned professionals and all the while people being seated or paying and leaving.
Having arrived in dribs and drabs, we met in the bar after being greeted by a friendly waitress at the door. They won’t seat you until your entire party is together, but we had a few Margaritas’ to keep us company until the rest arrived. They quickly found us a table to accommodate 8 and brought over our drinks with the same speed of service.
The menu is a mix of Mexican “street food” and main courses. When the waitress arrived to take our order we happily told her to bring us 2 of everything off the street menu. The food arrived as it was ready; which was perfect for a group of lads starting out for a long evening. This gave us time to chat amongst ourselves and still appreciate the food arriving at our table. It also offered us the opportunity to pick what we wanted, making great interjections into the conversation.
The food itself was exquisite; delicious and well presented. The street food menu is, in my opinion, a smaller version of boutique Mexican dishes served tapas style, which only encourages conversation. The service was spot on and the waitress anticipated all our needs. The atmosphere was buzzing with conversation and for a large party we weren’t the loudest in the room.
It’s no small wonder that this company continues to do so well. London has been inundated with Italian and French cuisine that’s it’s refreshing to see a greater variety of fresh, good and enjoyable food entertaining our palettes!
We went to London on a day trip and ended up wondering round Covent Garden looking for somewhere nice to eat, fortunately we stumbled across Wahaca – awesome! I'd wanted to go for ages (being a stupidly huge fan of Masterchef, why'd they ruin the format? That's for another review though!) so was hugely excited and definitely not disappointed. Delcious Mexican food with great beer and drinks, lovely waiting staff and a nice atmosphere. They even let us move!
This is right near my office – great place for lunch – really cheap for amazing quality food. Street style mexican – tasty – service is always friendly, staff are up for a laugh – all the food comes as and when. Highly recommend gives this place a try for lunch or a quick laid back dinner – noisy atmosphere and not your old standard boring pseudo mexican food
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