Wahaca, the ‘market-food inspired’ Mexican restaurant chain recently opened up a hotly awaited eatery in Brighton. The chain was co-founded by cook, television presenter and Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, with branches mostly in London, although there are five now outside the capital.
Visited: April 2016
The vast menu choice
The sense of fun in both the food and the venue
The value for money
Their ethos – they donate 20 pence from each dish to charities and campaigns in Mexico & the UK
The choice of tequilas
The food comes out when it’s ready – tapas style – meaning some members of your group can be waiting a lot longer than others for their food
We visited as a large group on a Friday lunchtime, the atmosphere had a real buzz to it and we were quick to be seated. Whilst my friends ordered some of the street food dishes (smaller plates for sharing – recommended 2-3 per person) I went for the grilled achiote chicken Sonora salad (avocado, pumpkin seeds, beans, organic British spelt & Cos lettuce in a light chipotle dressing, served in an edible tortilla bowl). My dish was tasty, well priced and the portions were so generous that I couldn’t finish it all. The novelty of the edible bowl added to the fun of the food (and everyone wanted to try it), and you could taste the fresh ingredients and appreciate the thought that had gone into the contrasting textures.
One of our group’s meals arrived after the rest of us had finished, however, without needing to hint at a complaint the waitress kindly let us know that his meal would be complimentary.
Everyone really enjoyed their food and it was a great choice of venue for a group and for lunch. As it’s essentially a fast-food restaurant, I wouldn’t say it’s a destination restaurant where you could spend a whole evening but a great venue if you’re on your way to or from some of Brighton’s bars. Also perfect for a lunch.
Overall verdict: 7.5/10
Cost of food: The street food dishes cost £3.50-£4.75 each and the larger main dishes cost £7-£12 each. Our meal (including an alcoholic beverage each) came to £15 per head.
160 – 161 North Street
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