Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.
66 Chandos Place WC2N 4HG
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross, Covent Garden, Leicester Square
0207 240 1883
12pm-3:30pm, 5:30-11pm (Monday-Saturday)
12pm-3:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm (Sunday)
Expect to Pay: Most dishes cost around £3.50, platos fuertos (bigger dishes) around £8
Rating: 8 out of 10“Tender, marinated pork served with smoky black beans, green rice and pink pickled onions.” That’s pork pibil, one of many colourfully delectable items on offer at ‘Mexican market eating’ establishment Wahaca. Unfortunately, prices aren’t quite what you’d expect on the street of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, but this resto’s menu is commendable for its fairly decent list of somewhat authentic Mexican yummies. Among the yummies is a chicken tortilla soup (“chicken, avocado, toasted pasilla chilli, crumbled cheese, sour cream and totops in lightly spiced tomato broth”) that should be strongly considered … if only as fortification against the encroaching winter drear. Wahaca’s airy and bright dining area should help with any cold weather blues as well.
We’ve been to Wahaca a couple of times and have enjoyed all that we’ve sampled. We wouldn’t be against going back and sampling more. Service could be a little less jovial and a lot more attentive … and certainly more patient. Despite such kinks, Wahaca is a welcome addition to the scene and more than worth a try. Lunch is a particularly good time to go as Wahaca can get packed in the evening (and takes no reservations).
Photography courtesy of Kake Pugh's photostream on Flickr