If you are looking for Mexican food, you can have a break in your journey at Wahaca. Though the restaurant does not have a complete ensemble of all Mexican food varieties, it does endeavour to serve quite a few and leaves a good taste in your mouth.
Wahaca is situated on a second floor in the heart of Canary Wharf, London. The entrance is obscure but once you find it, the doors open into a wide space filled with brilliant colours and a welcoming crew. The place is definitely a family place but the seating arrangement does not let the din of conversation overpower the ambience. Either the acoustics are too good or the tables are placed further apart than any other restaurant, good thing is you can hear what you are saying without shouting.
As soon as you are seated, you are greeted by a welcoming face. It is Sara with a great personality who explains the menu to you and even though she treats the menu-cum-place mats like a drawing board, it is quite charming. Moreover, if you are a vegetarian, this place is a heavenly abode for you. The menu offers a wide range of dishes that would definitely please your palate. And don’t be shy to try out the typical Mexican classic drink, Horchata. It is a refreshing dairy-free almond and rice milk with a touch of cinnamon. It goes really well with the dishes on the menu and you won’t be sorry for having it at your table.
Start with tortilla served with guacamole while your order gets ready. Though the menu screams black bean everywhere leaving you wondering if the restaurant owner is sourcing them from his backyard at a very cheap rate, the different ways of paring it with feta cheese and vegetables leaves you oohing and aahing with pleasure. In true Mexican style you can try them with tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taquittos and burritos. However, the dish that steals the show and the favour of the hard core vegetable hater Sara is Chile Rellano. It is sweet chile ancho filled with creamy black beans & topped with caramelised onions and toasted pumpkin seeds, served with Mexican green rice and grilled banana slices. You won’t need dessert after this feast.
The only short coming would be the slight blandness of the dishes but that could be attributed to be catering to European taste. However, you have a hot hot sauce at the table to spice things up.
The price for a couple’s meal comes to £20 (drinks excluded) which is a good deal with value for money. The restaurant crew is friendly and makes you feel comfortable. And to end the experience you can take Serrano pepper seeds to plant in your garden.
Rating – 4/5
The Park Pavilion,
London, E14 5FW
T: +44 (0) 207 516 9145