Down Mexico way you might dip into a restaurant for some respite from the blazing hot sun. Instead, on a very rainy Saturday, we were ducking out of a torrential downpour, but Wahaca’s homely welcome was none the less inviting. Inspired by the buzzing food markets of Mexico, the air of this eaterie is fresh and friendly, as is the produce used in dishes (well, fresh – not sure a churro can exactly be “friendly”, though it made our young guests smile).
The emphasis at Wahaca is very much on fast food that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste and – so that you can get on with the important task of shopping in the adjoining Westfield Shopping Centre – service is swift, a bonus when dining with children. (Timing’s always a big issue in the hectic kitchens of MasterChef, where Wahaca’s co-founder and head chef, Thomasina Miers, first earned her stripes when she won the final back in 2005).
With prompt timings in mind, our waiter informed us that dishes would arrive as soon as they were ready, ensuring your burrito doesn’t sit waiting while the cheese is melting in your quesadilla. We kicked off with the prerequisite tortilla chips and a guacamole that begged for you to dip your crunchy corn triangles in repeatedly – I was happy to see my children tucking so hungrily into one of their five-a-day. They were so good, in fact, we had to order more to avoid squabbles.
The mains of burritos, filled with juicy steak, chicken or pork, proved just a tad too spicy for six-year-old Joe, but he was happy to nibble at the chicken and frijoles (creamy black beans). We’d let slip that we had a birthday girl among us, so the waiter arrived with churros and chocolate sauce, singing “Happy birthday”, which suitably embarrassed the 16-year-old, followed by ice creams all round – vanilla with caramel sauce for the children, and a delicious salted caramel with shavings of dark Valrhona chocolate for me. All swiftly delivered and downed leaving plenty of time to shop n
Wahaca White City, 1074 Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GB. Tel: 020 8749 4517
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