Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London

Bold flavours and low prices at this Mexican-inspired eatery

Address: Ariel Way
Shepherd's Bush
W12 7GF
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Mexican/Tex Mex
Region:Shepherd's Bush
Nearest Station:Wood Lane
Opening Hours:
Mon:11:00 - 00:00
Tue:11:00 - 00:00
Wed:11:00 - 00:00
Thu:11:00 - 00:00
Fri:11:00 - 00:00
Sat:11:00 - 00:00
Sun:12:00 - 23:00
Wahaca, exterior picture

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About: Wahaca make Mexican style dishes using produce which is sourced as locally as possible.

"Bold flavours and low prices at this Mexican-inspired eatery"

Review Rating: 6 / 10
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You’d be forgiven for being suspicious of Wahaca, I was. A British chain that proposes Mexican “market food”, it’s the brainchild of Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers. The locations are in typically high-density places like shopping malls: there are branches in Bluewater, Westfield Stratford, and where we are today, Westfield White City, none of which screams authenticity.

Then again, we’re drawn here like moths to the light by how incredibly cheap everything is – 3 to 4 dishes are recommended per person, most of which are under £4.

The British steak taco is quite pleasant, with chunks of tasty beef and onion in a tortilla. The quesadillas with chorizo and sweet potato are full of spice, but save for a cheese crisp the filling has been mashed together a bit too thoroughly, and it has the misfortune of resembling baby food. (Which while we’re on the subject, might bear some relation to the clunky plastic spoons we’re given for eating dessert with, who’s idea was that?) The churros are good, dusted with cinnamon and served with a pot of thick hot chocolate, although they’re less doughy and thinner than the real deal. Salted caramel ice cream with chocolate chips is nice too, the dashes of saltiness bringing out the pudding’s creaminess, but we’re equally impressed with the chocolates we get with coffee: dark, bitter, containing chilli which makes itself known in the form of a particularly fiery aftertaste.

As with the other eateries within this giant shopping complex the restaurant is super-sized, with sky-high ceilings, two floors, and incredibly chirpy staff. If you like bold flavours and low prices, Wahaca will fit the bill, just don’t go expecting traditional Mexican recipes.

Leila reviewed Wahaca on Wed 12 Sep 2012

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