I actually have a friend who moved cities purely because
there wasn’t a Wahaca where she lived. That’s how good it is. Wahaca is all
about Mexican street food, small bites with lots of dips and the odd hint of
spice. Everything is smothered in melted cheese, guacamole and salsa, I mean –
what’s not to like?
Now I have to be honest, I was slightly distracted by the
lovely French waiter I had at the new branch of Wahaca in West Quay,
Southampton, that when it came to ordering I got all in a fluster and
accidentally ordered guacamole and nachos as a light starter. I’m going to say
something controversial now: I don’t actually like avocados (which for all of
you non-foodies out there, is the main ingredient of guacamole). I’m sorry, I
just don’t. However, this guacamole was the best thing that has ever had the
good fortune to be put in my mouth. My god, it was amazing. So amazing in fact,
that my cousin Cameron and I (who also hates avocados, btw) had demolished the
whole lot in seconds. (See fig. 1)
My other fave thing about Wahaca is the black bean and
cheese quesadillas. Such a simple combination, but oh such a good one – they melt
in your mouth!
I had a mezcal cocktail to wash it all down. Now to be
honest I didn’t know what ‘mezcal’ was, but the addition of cucumber,
grapefruit and berries on the menu led me to believe it would be like a gin. It’s
not like a gin. It’s much smokier, and much more like a tequila, but refreshing
all the same.
I couldn’t leave Wahaca without trying their churros. Fluffy
doughnuts piped into a bow shape, deep fried and dipped in a rich chocolate
sauce, they are undoubtedly one of the best sweet street foods on the planet. The
waiter offered me the option of trying a caramel sauce as opposed to a
chocolate one and to be honest, I was reluctant. How could the combination of
chocolate and churros be bettered?! But it could. What a way to finish the meal
– they were absolutely heavenly.
Wahaca is now open at West Quay in Southampton. You can book
your table here!
*This meal was received as complimentary for the purpose of review