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The Wahaca Southbank Experiment

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by Charlotte Rees-Williams (subscribe)
I'm Lottie, a freelance writer/aspiring journalist, sometimes residing in Cardiff, sometimes in London! Visit my blog at www.lottiebeth.wordpress.com
Published October 10th 2012
A Mexican taste sensation awaits you
Hmmm, where to eat, where to eat? If this is a thought that regularly crosses your mind when you head out with friends for the evening and are simply baffled by the sheer amount of restaurants available, then why not try something new and head to Wahaca at the Southbank?

And this really will be a new and innovative eating experience for you! Dreamt up by former Masterchef winner from 2005 Thomasina Miers, whose food was described as 'bold and eccentric', Wahaca is a Mexican street food venue set in a restaurant formed from old shipping containers. Over two floors, the restaurant also boasts a fun tequila bar and a stunning view of the river due its perfect location in the popular Southbank area.

Food-wise, this is the perfect place to head with friends or family for a catch-up, as the street food dishes are ideal for sharing (Mexicans call these little treats 'antojitos'), and won't take too much time to consume, allowing you time for a good gossip! Think spicy chicken quesadillas with fiery salsa, mini steak fajitas and mouth-watering salads. Of course if you want a big meal all to yourself then Wahaca have a plethora of choices including hearty burritos. Wahaca prides themselves on designing recipes with the fullest flavour possible and ensure that their ingredients are ethically-sourced.



The bustling intimate atmosphere of the restaurant is simply wonderful and will put you in a sociable and pleasant mood and you can even see your food being prepared and cooked by the talented chefs over the counter.

And please don't make the mistake of forgetting to order something sweet for after your main! Chocolate or caramel churros are so delicious and moreish that you'll amazingly find more room in your very full stomach to eat more. This really is market food made marvelous, adapted from the traditional bustling streets of Mexico for the cool, contemporary location of London.



Having won a handful or awards including 'Best Mexican', 'Best Sustainable Restaurant Group' and 'Best Cheap Eat', Wahaca is fast becoming a well-known destination for eating fun and flavoursome food. With a number of restaurants in the London area, you don't have to restrict your visits to the Southbank area- Charlotte Street in central London and Covent Garden also boasts plots. Each restaurant in London features original and site specific street art to really make you feel like you're stepping into the Mexican market culture and to transport you away from your hard-day's work in the office.

And now for the bad news - Wahaca Southbank is only scheduled to stay for 18 months in its current plot, so if you weren't decided on making a visit there soon, then you may want to reconsider. This is one eating experience that you most certainly do not want to miss out on!

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Why? Lip-smacking mexican dishes
When: For 18 months only!
Where: Southbank London
Cost: Cheap and cheerful
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