Wahaca is all about tasty and fresh Mexican food. The emphasis is on flavours found in the traditional Mexican food markets. Wahaca was founded by MasterChef 2005 winner – Thomasina Miers and her business partner Mark Selby. There are now eleven of these Mexican restaurants located in the city.
The Mexican menu aims to balance healthy eating with hearty eating. Their corn tortillas are gluten-free and full of essential minerals. The black beans are full of complex carbohydrates and protein. Even the salsas are packed with vitamins. The menu uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Any ingredients required from Mexico are via cooperatives to help local communities.
I visited the Charlotte Street branch with my Homeboy to try three breakfast dishes. The Breakfast Burrito – toasted flour tortilla filled with Mexican scrambled eggs, frijoles, salsa, cheese, spinach and avocado. It was very tasty, fresh and filling. The price was £5.
Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito
We also tried Rancheros Divorciados. This consisted of two fried eggs on blue corn tortillas with frijoles, red and green salsa. The price was £6.
The other dish we tasted was Mexican Eggs. This was scrambled eggs with sautéed onion, chilli and tomato, served with refined beans on toasted sourdough. The price was £5.
Other breakfast dishes featured on the menu included – Huevos Rancheros, Simple Eggs, Sweet Corn Fritters and Breakfast Torta. Lighter breakfasts include Avocado Toast, Granola, Avocado Smoothie or Fruit with Yoghurt. Sweet breakfast treats include Banana Bread or Fresh Donuts.
If you visit for lunch or dinner you can try the Street Food Menu which includes small plates. Choose from Tacos, Tostadas, Taquitos, Quesadillas or Burritos. These are packed with a variety of fillings – chicken, pork, steak, herring and chorizo. They also have a good selection of vegetarian recipes. Alternatively you can opt for bigger plates for sharing which consist of grilled fish, steak or chicken. There are a few salads, a soup and selection of sides. Puddings include Churros with chocolate, Mexican chocolate tart, ice creams and sorbet.
In terms of drinks you should of course try the Tequila selection if you’re there for lunch or dinner. The tequilas and mescals served are from Mexican small family-run businesses. If you fancy something to perk you up try the Chilli chocolate tequila toddy. For a soft drink try the Hibiscus Water or Horchata (almond and rice milk drink with cinnamon). They also serve a full section of coffees plus some teas and of course Mexican style hot chocolate.
Wahaca Mexican Restaurant Interiors
The Wahaca Charlotte Street branch is situated in three converted Georgian terrace houses which have been painted lovely colours. There are a few alfresco seats outside. Inside on the ground floor it’s quite bright with white washed walls and spacious seating arrangements.
Ground Floor Interiors
Do look out for the Tortaria Market Shop where you can pick up hard to find Mexican ingredients and take-away food.
Tortaria Market Shop
Upstairs is more decked out for the evening crowd with padded seating and a darker décor. Here you’ll find the Mescal Bar and also the toilets.
First Floor Interiors
Cuisine: Mexican food
Near: Tottenham Court Road
Address: 19-23 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RL. Other locations – Bluewater, Canary Wharf, Islington, Covent Garden, Soho, Southbank, Waterloo, Stratford, St Paul’s and White City
Website: Wahaca Restaurant Website
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30-11.30 for breakfast and 12 pm -11pm lunch and dinner. Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm for breakfast. Saturday 11.30am-11pm for lunch and dinner. Sunday 12pm-10pm for lunch and dinner
Wi-Fi – Yes + free
Décor: Mexican modern
Seating: Outside, ground floor and upstairs
Author: Homegirl London. Photography: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for accompanying me.