Not so long ago, tequila girls, cheap shots and greasy tortilla chips were images that sprang to mind when ‘Mexican’ was done in Britain. At Wahaca we shook things up a bit and started doing things a little differently.
Living in Mexico, running bars out there and having time to explore its amazing cuisine made me fall in love with the incredible vibrancy and freshness of real Mexican food. After a quick spin through the Masterchef kitchens I teamed up with Mark to create Wahaca’s menu, constantly looking to the markets of Mexico for inspiration and recreating their wonderful food over here. We’ve worked hard to match the flavours of Mexico with ingredients that we can get hold of to create a constantly evolving, seasonal menu with ingredients sourced as locally as possibly, or grown and transported with care for the environment.
Freshly made guacamole with lime juice, coriander and ripe Hass avocados; slow-cooked, long-marinated outdoor reared pork topped with a red onion relish bright with citrus juices and habanero chillies; grilled, sustainably-caught fish with melting onion, fresh lime and pumpkin seed sauce; seasonal vegetables with zingy salsas – these are just some of our recipes lovingly prepared and served with soft, corn tortillas made down the road in North West London.
We try to balance healthy eating with hearty eating. As in Mexico, our gluten-free corn tortillas are full of essential minerals, our black beans are full of complex carbohydrates and protein and our salsas are packed with all the vitamins that chillies and fresh fruit naturally bring you. Where we have to buy from Mexico we constantly try to source direct from cooperatives which support local farming communities. We source our tequilas and mescals from small family-run businesses that make the best product we can buy.
We have an honest approach to our food and a shared love of eating it – we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!