Mexican street food with substance
The much anticipated, long awaited and much in demand restaurant of Thomasina Miers, of Masterchef fame, opened in Brighton just over a month ago. Often, with such restaurants, they never live up to the hype but Wahaca does not disappoint.
I have now been twice – once during Whole30 and once since I finished.
On my first visit, I managed to stay within my Whole30 plan (with a little artistic licence) with a Sonora chicken salad with no bowl or spelt (basically just the gluten free option) which was lovely, tender chicken in a chipotle dressing with cos lettuce and avocado. It also came with seeds but I stuck in plan and picked them out. For my side I had sweet potato with mojo de ajo (GF option again) and I don’t feel like I missed out when everyone around me was eating tacos, quesadillas and other delicious things that I wasn’t allowed.
I would happily go back, without being on Whole30 or any diet, and eat this dish it was so good.
For my second visit, it was pedal to the metal and I was having all the good shit this time.
To start, my dining partner, herein known as Lady K, and I went for homemade tortillas with guacamole. The first lot came out hard as nails, were sent back and returned slightly better. I am informed that they were much better on our last visit (when I wasn’t allowed them) but we were hungry and a bit pissed so didn’t want to send back again. The guacamole was perfection.
We both decided on the passion fruit vanilla mojito. It was divine. It was right up my cocktail street. If you like sweet cocktails this is the one for you.
Pork pibil tacos – slow cooked pork with fiery pickled onion
These were lush and I never use the word lush. There is no other word to describe them. The pork was melt-in-the-mouth with a tasty marinade which had a little heat to the back of it and the pickled onions were delicious. I’m a pickled onion convert now. My only criticism would be that the coriander was distributed unevenly so the bottom one had way too much. Nothing picking the coriander off won’t solve.
Chorizo and potato quesadilla – Wahaca’s own recipe chorizo, sautéd potato with thyme
This was really tasty – although it felt more like a potato and chorizo spread inside the homemade quesadilla than sautéd potato. When you got a gooey cheesy bit it was perfection.
Lady K went for the steak skirt with grilled cheese tacos and smoky chicken and avocado tostada and was also happy with her choices. We shared the sweet potato with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo – even if you just pop in for a drink and order some of the sweet potato, you will not be disappointed. This is the best way I have ever eaten sweet potato.
Wahaca lives up to the hype and then some, with super attentive staff who are very accommodating and can’t do enough for you. The first visit (one week after opening) it was absolutely rammo and the staff were amazing. On the second visit it had calmed down a bit (but still packed) and the staff, I am pleased to report, were still on top form.
This place is definitely going to be one that I will be returning to again and again.
In my eyes, the team at Wahaca can do no wrong!
the wee food blogger 💛
160-161 North St, Brighton, BN1 1EZ