Wahaca, Covent Garden

Name: Wahaca
Location: Various but I visited the Covent Garden site on Chandos Place
Website: http://www.wahaca.co.uk
Contact number: 020 7240 1883
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm

Step 1: If you are gluten free you must ask for the dietary menu because it’s really informative and indicates all the dishes that are suitable for you.

Step 2: Order a bottle of wine and have a really good think about what you want to eat because there’s so much choice and the food is increíble (a.k.a. incredible).

Step 3: Order some small bites and starters for the table to enjoy with said wine. We started with ‘Guacamole with tortilla chips’ (although I really wanted to try with fennel pork scratchings which just sound out of this world), ‘Sweet potatoes’ and ‘Chicken wings’ to share between 4 hungry adults. All were delicious and I especially loved the sweet potatoes with their own hot sauce which is a staple on every Wahaca table.

Step 4: Order your mains. The way Wahaca works is that food comes out when it is ready so if you want starters first you need to order them before the mains so they don’t all come out at the same time. I took their advice and ordered 3 street food dishes as a way to explore my way through the Mexicano mercado (Mexican market). I went for the ‘Sweet potato and feta taquitto’, the ‘Chicken Caesar tostada’ and the ‘Smoky cauliflower cheese’. The taquitto’s were to die simply because the sweet potato worked really well in the crispy blue corn cigars. I’m a massive chicken Caesar fan so the tostado’s were by far my favourite. A generous portion of creamy chicken on a flat taco would have been good but I got 2 of them…a very happy Jodie. However, the cauliflower cheese was really disappointing (my guest also had this dish and felt the same) – the smoky element was fine but mine was burnt and dry which I didn’t expect for a dish described as “creamy”. Please don’t let this put you off though because all the other dishes were delicious including all that my guests had.

I bet you think I couldn’t fit in a dessert…well I had to. Why? They had gluten free ‘Salted caramel ice-cream’ which had shavings of chocolate mixed into it so I couldn’t not try it. This was good. No, this was asombroso (a.k.a. amazing). I can’t recommend this dessert enough…or even this restaurant enough. If you have the patience to queue/wait at the bar for a table (as they don’t take bookings) then get down to Wahaca and get ordering…it won’t disappoint!

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