I have this weird relationship with Mexican food. And when I say Mexican I refer to the Tex-Mex Americanised version….ooooh how I have fond memories of eating huge burritos with guacamole & tortilla chips while sipping from huge jugs of frozen margaritas in a rainy New York.
It’s sloppy comfort food and I like the idea of it more than the actual food (which often turns out to be pretty awful).
I have a similar thing with horror movies: the concept and anticipation of snuggling up on the sofa while eating popcorn and watching a horror flick is often so much better than actually doing it, as 9 out of 10 horror movies are crap.
But back to Mexican food – the problem is you don’t feel too hot after swallowing tons of melted cheese and refried beans.
So the next time you’re in the mood for an inexpensive, non-grease-dripping Mexican meal, I suggest you try the restaurant chain Wahaca, that specialises in modern Mexican market/street food.
They have restaurants all over London, but I’ve only been to the new(ish) one in Wardour Street in Soho.
You often have to wait a bit for a table, but that’s no problem as the friendly staff hand you a buzzer and send you downstairs, where you can kill time with a drink in the big colourful bar.
The food is lo-key and you can either go for one big plate or several smaller ones. You eat the smaller ones tapas style and order around three each.
If you can’t be bothered to browse the menu, just go for the Wahaca Selection; a selection of the restaurants most popular plates for two people to share (costs £20 for two).
That’s what we did, as we were a bit indecisive. Five minutes later the first dishes started to appear. We had everything from vegetable tacos….
to chicken taquitos.
And some pork pibli tacos (slow cooked pork in Yucatecan marinade).
The food is good, although it doesn’t blow your mind. But I’ll still recommend this place because of its friendly staff, upbeat atmosphere and very reasonable prices.
And the food is not too greasy or covered in 10 cm of processed cheese.
Wahaca, 80 Wardour Street, Soho
(See website for more locations)