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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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Wahaca Chandos Place
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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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Sep 2011

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...

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Stefan P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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Aug 2011

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!

dreamalittle's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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by   bronze reviewer (10)

Nov 2010

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

Ross Y.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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Aug 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My partner and I wanted a restaurant that wasn't too fancy and something a bit more than your average TGI's to go for a nice meal before a west-end show and we found it in Wahaca. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome in a clean and contemporary basement room that was as large as it was welcoming. Our waitress was with us right away to offer drinks and to suggest foods we may like, she was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We decided to choose a Wahaca selection which...

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Daniel K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Jul 2010

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

If there is a better authentic Mexican restaurant in London, then I am certainly not aware of it. Wahaca is consistent, delicious, reasonably priced and very informal. Service is always friendly and the restaurant is always heaving, no matter what time of day. A short wait is common but does not deter me in any way. I prefer to choose lots of the delicious little dishes like the tacos, open faced on soft little tortillas with fillings like the spicy chicken tinga, the delicious pork pibil with black...

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Sabrina's Passions's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Wahaca Chandos Place

66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Feb 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Editor's pick Having lived in Mexico for a few months I was intrigued to see what this restaurant would offer, billed as ‘Market Food’. Previous reviews have highlighted problems with the front of house but I am pleased to say that we managed to avoid any major problems by walking in and putting our name on the list a few hours before we planned to go and then went for a few drinks. It would be easy to see how one could be disappointed as those turning up had to go away again, possibly for as long as an hour....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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by   gold reviewer (48)

Oct 2008

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Editor's pick Having visited Wahaca for the third time today, I cannot help but like this place. While I have to agree that the long waits and no booking policy are a real pain, the food is definitely worth it. There's a nice relaxed but buzzy atmosphere to the place and it's a fun place to eat something a little different from the norm in central London. It's only been in the last few years that Latin American food has really taken off and Wahaca's popularity (i.e. queueing most nights) is testament to the fact...

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HP's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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66 Chandos Place ,London WC2N 4HG

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Oct 2008

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Hmmm, I've been here twice and both times I've left feeling annoyed. They make you wait at least at hour for a table (I arrived on a weeknight at 7pm) and they give you unrealistic times so when you come back and expect your table ready, you have another half an hour to wait. The Front of House staff are rude, sarcastic and kept forgetting our booking. I can understand they have a stressful job but no need to be rude, after all, we are the ones waiting for a table. The first time we went, we...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Thomasina Miers

2008 Thomasina Miers Since winning MasterChef in 2005, Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers’ career has really taken off. Originally trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, she subsequently did a stint at Petersham Nurseries, before embarking on a slew of TV and writing work (including columns in The Times and The Guardian). In 2007, she opened the first branch of her trendy Mexican chain, Wahaca, which now has a cool new sibling, DF/ Mexico on Brick Lane.

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