Mexican market food has come to Edinburgh! Thomasina Miers co-founder of Wahaca wants to give you the experience of fresh & vibrant food inspired from her love of Mexican cuisine. From the London restaurant, Wahaca has expanded across the UK & has finally opened North of the border! Last week I had the opportunity to sample the menu & see what this new restaurant had to offer.
To begin with, I tried the chorizo topped frijoles. I enjoyed the smokey chorizo combined with the creamy twice cooked black beans.
The guacamole really brought the freshness & vibrancy of Mexican cuisine that I was hoping for! The guacamole is made daily with fresh hass avocados, lime juice & finely chopped vegetables that give this starter a real bite. As I mentioned, this is super fresh & made every day with any leftovers being discarded at the end of the night! If there are any leftovers, you can definitely send them over this way!
Wahaca offers a great drinks menu, with a selection of Mexican beers, tequilas, cocktails & even some delicious soft drinks. I recommend that you get public transport to Wahaca because you need to keep the Mexican theme running & order a tequila with every drink! The passion fruit margarita was my personal favourite.
Just me, enjoying a tequila.
Cheese topped frijoles & smokey chipotle chicken quesadillas. I don’t know if you’re supposed to, but dunking the quesadillas in the frijoles is a brilliant idea!
Tacos!!! We tried the grilled steak tacos, MSC battered cod tacos & plantain tacos. The steak tacos were incredible & incorporated a chipotle salsa. The flash grilled steak & spiciness of the salsa made this a dish I would recommend. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wild about the plantain tacos. This was my first time trying plantain & from the description in the menu, it seemed right up my street but unfortunately was not for me!
Grilled summer corn- I think this may have been my favourite side! I had been craving grilled corn for a while & crema Lancashire cheese & piquin chilli-sugar-salt gave the corn a creamy yet crisp finish.
My star of the night had to go to the lamb taquitos. They exploded with flavour from the first bite, the lamb was sweet & the finely sliced radishes added a crisp bitterness to the dish.
Another dish to note! The chicken & avocado tostadas (left). The creamy avocado, chicken & cheese was a winning combination. We ordered this twice it was so good!
After the dinner that could’ve fed a small army, we decided on something light for desert. Jordan tried the salted caramel ice-cream & I indulged in the mango sorbet (pictured). The sorbet was super fruity & light, a perfect desert after powerful dinner!
The decor & atmosphere in a restaurant is very important to me. I absolutely loved the recycled bottle lights & the patchwork walls. They played into the Mexican-market feel & really represented the food. There is a warm atmosphere in Wahaca & I felt that our server Catherine really carried that through. She was super helpful & pretty much ordered all of Jordan’s food for him because he couldn’t decided what to eat. Bonus points because he loved everything that was laid out in front of him!
As a thank you for coming, the team gave us a super cute tote bag with a Wahaca taco kit, a cute spoon (that can be returned for a free dish in January!!) & seeds/soil/planters to grow our own chillies & Christmas trees! This is the kinda goodie bag I’m talking about, thank you Wahaca!
Value for money: 8/10
Overall, Wahaca was a really nice & inviting restaurant, the staff were very attentive & the food was incredible. I can see myself coming back here for lunch or even for a drink at the bar. I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant!
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