Foodie Review: Wahaca, Wimbledon

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Hello, hello. Back again with another foodie review and today I'm sharing something a little out of my usual comfort zone. Wanting to try something a little different from our usual burger bar outtings, Jack and I thought we'd head to Wahaca in Wimbledon to sample some Mexican street food. 

Located across London and opened by MasterChief winner Thomasina Mier, Wahaca is a Mexican chain diner which serves a variety of small plates of market-style food and cocktails. Specialising in Tacos, tostadas, taquitos and quesadillas, it boasts to be the ultimate in authentic Mexican market treats. Given my usual dish of choice seems to consist only of rare meat and a side of carbs, I decided it was time to mix it up a little and try something new and visit their Wimbledon branch, located just next door to the Odeon Wimbledon cinema. 

The decor itself is fun, modern and vibrant which makes for a great setting. I was really excited to get sat down and see what they had to offer. First up, Jack and I ordered some drinks. The drink's menu of cocktails, mocktails and fresh juices is pretty extensive and it was difficult to choose just which to go for. I opted for a Virgin Mojito which was both delicious and refreshing, whilst Jack went for a Green and Lean - a juice made from apples, cucumber, mint & lime. Next up was some grub. Taking a look a menu, we decided that the best way to make the most of our visit was to sample lots of little smaller dishes and try a bit of everything. The menu recommends 2-3 per person or to be shared for grazing.

We ordered quite a lot of food. It all arrived pretty promptly and all at once which was a bonus also. I opted for the Grilled British Steak tacos (pictured above) - three small tacos with flash grilled skirt steak with chipotle salsa. Although it doesn't state this on the menu, the tacos come with a guacamole, spring onions and the option of cheese on top. I also ordered some spicy slaw and some Chicken Wings. Unfortunately for me, the chicken wings were very pink on arrival and (rather embarrassed), Jack had to send them back for me. Luckily, the staff were super friendly and were happy to swap them for a replacement dish. Further to this, I kind of felt like these dishes were easily something I could make at home and probably enjoy more if I had cooked them myself. 

Jack went for a number of plates including the Chorizo and Potato quesadilla and the Pork Pibil (pictured above) - a slow cooked pork in a Yucatecan marinade with fiery pink pickled onions. Again, unfortunately these contained ingredients that weren't stated on the menu and, containing some black beans, this sort of ruined the taste for Jack. Whilst we could eat around them, it wasn't quite as we had hoped and Jack's dishes were seemingly a little on the bland side.

Overall, Wahaca proved to be a bit of a let down for us. I'm not sure whether it was just because  we like our food a little more simple or maybe Mexican food isn't the best choice for us given we don't like beans and certain other vegetables but it just felt a little mediocre as a whole. A lot of the ingredients in the dishes weren't stated on the menu which meant for a few unhappy surprises when they arrived. Whilst the place is reasonably priced at roughly £15 per head and the staff are very friendly, I don't think we'll be returning. I think it's safe to say that we'll stick to what we know best - steak and burger houses. Of course, it's always a good idea to try things for yourself. My Grilled Steak Tacos were enjoyable and if you like spicy, Mexican foods served up in a street style then there's a good chance this is probably right up your alley. I think my favourite thing about Wahaca was the decor.

That's it for another foodie review - have you ever been to Wahaca? What new foods have you tried recently? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones below.

Until next time fellow foodies,


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    1. Yeah, unfortunately it wasn't as tastey as it looks :) x

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  2. im not a fan of this restaurant, they are not that great for the price. I've been to better mexican restaurants :)
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    1. No I definitely agree - I know there's some great places in Soho and Covent Garden that seem worth a try but I think Mexican food is always a little risky with me as I like my food kinda plain and boring haha x

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  3. I think I'd just end up going here for cocktails rather than anything else. I love mexican food, but it's definitely not for everyone and I know beans definitely aren't. I hate when menus don't state all the ingredients, it's bad especially for allergies!
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    1. I agree - the drinks and serve were fine but food was a bit meh. I'm sure if you love Mexican food its fine but to me it was just nothing special. I agree! What if Jack was allergic to the beans they had in there? It's so annoying x

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  4. It looks SUPER DE-LI-CI-OUS! Love this article! ♥

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    1. Haha thanks hun, did you read it though? It definitely wasn't all that delicious

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  5. What a shame it wasn't that nice! It looks good but I will give this a miss! I love Mexican so much, I have been to a few amazing places but I mainly cook it at home! Stick to the stake over this place, can't beat stake haha!
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    1. Yeah it's a shame as I rarely try something new haha. You cant ever go wrong with Steak though, when it doubt it's the ideal dish to go for ;) xx

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  6. Aw what a shame you didn't like it that much, Wahaca is one of my favourite chain restaurants (though I haven't visited this particular branch) xx

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    1. Yeah I honestly think it may have just been that particular chain as I'd heard great things about the other branches and so many people have recommended it. Maybe just an off day? xx

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  7. It's a shame you guys didn't have such a great time - the food looked so good! Goes to show that dining out can really be let down by a poorly designed menu.


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    1. Yeah I think maybe we went to the wrong branch or maybe didn't pick the best options on the menu. If I went again I'd definitely go for the Grilled Steak and I'd go for a branch closer to London x

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  8. Oh no! Gutted you didn't enjoy it.

    However...I am love them! It recently opened up in Manchester and I've lost count with the amount of times I've payed them a visit. I'm wondering if it differs from each branch to the next?

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    1. I totally think that must be it because everyone else I know has said that it's been amazing. I love cooking fajitas and things at home and I wonder if there was just ingrediants in there that we personally weren't a fan of or maybe just weren't cooked the same as other branches. I definitely think that maybe Wimbledon were just having an off day and I don't hold it against Wahaca as a whole :) xx

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  9. Oh that's too bad because it really looks great. If the food comes to you undercooked, it's important to point it out politely and let them be embarrassed on something they should have noticed. For Mexican, I usually have enchiladas with Spanish rice. I think it's great when you step outside your comfort zone, getting things like octopus. Have you and Jack ever tried Cuban (since you had the virgin mojito)? They mostly have chicken dishes and banana type desserts. I tried Brazilian churrasco with some friends and I thought it was good. However it will always be infamous in cinematic history because of the scene in Bridesmaids.

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    1. Yeah I agree - I've just never really had that before and I'm terrible at complaining in places. I worry too much! Tbh if jack hadn't stopped me i probably would have just eaten it haha

      I think octopus is actually more in my comfort zone haha I love seafood. Haven't tried Cuban I don't think. I'm not sure I've ever actually stumbled across one near us but I know they love their meats so definitely worth a try! Hope you had a good weekend :)

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  10. Ah what a shame. It does look yummy though. Do you live in Wimbledon? I live near Clapham

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    1. Yeah I think I'd like to try a different chain next time as I've heard its usually great. I live in Carshalton which isn't far from there :) Aw really, you're not far away at all! x

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