Some of you may have cause Thomasina Miers when she was crowned winner of Masterchef a few years back and for those of you who don’t know, this self-proclaimed queen of spice and chilli has opened what has now become a small chain of restaurants known as Wahaca. As the restaurant server will no doubt inform you, they have also branched into a ranch of sauces that have just launched in Sainsbury’s (which you may find yourself buying, should your date enjoy the food as much as we did).
In Covent Garden they are currently in the process of adding some new Spring/summer dishes to the menu, the place fills up really quickly so we would recommend getting there early if you can.
Upon arriving, how better to start the evening than with a Margarita and a Pacifico. Your drinks come served in heavy and authentic glass beakers that are made in Mexico specifically for Wahaca and imported. The cocktail recipes are authentic as well, with the margarita’s being as good as any you will have had when visiting Mexico.
One of Wahaca’s strengths is the fact that their menu not only caters for most tastes but also for different levels of hunger. It doesn’t matter if you are ravenous and fancy a couple of street food dishes (large tapas style portions while your date only wants a light snack, a taco or a salad perhaps; there is something for everyone.
They also are marvellous at explaining their menu and putting any diners fears at rest – Mexican food doesn’t have to be synonymous with chilli and heat. For those who shy away from spicy or pungent flavours, there are cool salsas, smoky sour cream and unctuous rice and vegetable concoctions that will make even a dedicated meat eater envious of the vegetarian options.
If you decide to opt for their street food choices you will be able to try the majority of their new summer dishes a try such as Chicken Tinga Tacos, Cactus Tacos, Broad Bean & Feta Quesadillas and Summery New Potato Taquitos from the summer menu, along with Chicken Taquitos, Green Rice and Sweet Potato.
The Chicken Tinga is smoky and has quite a kick with the chipotle adobo sauce and the Cactus Taco is sweet from the cactus (such a lovely opportunity to enjoy the start of the warm weather with an ice cold drink, fun company and cactus – you really won’t feel like you are in England any longer) topped with grilled cheese which gave it the right amount of saltiness. The Summery New Potato Taquitos are delicious the potato melts in your mouth and works well with the crunch of the taco. The Chicken Taquitos are similar to the new potato topped with shredded lettuce, cheese and fresh tomato salsa but with really tender, marinated chicken.
Our personal star of dishes (rather unexpectedly for a group of meat eaters) has to be the Broad Bean & Feta Quesadillas. Combining peas, feta and mint with broad beans and new potatoes makes the dish practically sing of the summer and is refreshing and clean, especially when eaten alongside one of their cocktails. It has to be said it is also a strong favourite of the girls who enjoy the fresh tasting seasonal produce while being able to watch their waistlines.
Our other dish recommendations are to order their rice, which, blitzed with coriander, onion and garlic is extremely tasty. The sweet potato is almost like pudding, caramelised and fried gives the sweet potato a sticky and chewy consistency.
Finally for those with a sweet tooth you have to sample the new summer pudding – Hotcake & Dulce De Leche, which is a buttery pancake topped with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and sprinkled with caramelised peanuts. Surprisingly it isn’t sickly sweet as the pancake balanced out the sweetness of the ice cream and dulce de leche sauce.
For something new and to get you in the mood for summer, you really can’t go wrong with taking a stroll over to Wahaca on a balmy spring evening.