RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2

survey result

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An ever-evolving, fun take on Mexican street food offering zingy flavours (plus a damn fine margarita)” all “efficiently served” in a “bright and buzzy” environment seems to have protected Thomasina Miers’s popular chain from much of the casual dining fall-out of recent times; and it remains “the most dependable of fast(ish) food chains” for many reporters. In particular, it’s “perfect for kids”, and families appreciate that “you fill up well for the price”. At the end of 2020, as a result of the Pandemic, the chain was rescued by Dick Enthoven, the billionaire owner of Nando's who put in £4m in exchange for a majority stake.

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An ever-evolving, fun take on Mexican street food offering zingy flavours (plus a damn fine margarita)” all “efficiently served” in a “bright and buzzy” environment seems to have protected Thomasina Miers’s popular chain from much of the casual dining fall-out of recent times; and it remains “the most dependable of fast(ish) food chains” for many reporters. In particular, it’s “perfect for kids”, and families appreciate that “you fill up well for the price”.

Summary

£39
    £
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

For a “flavourful and fun”, “dependable and quick” meal, fans of Thomasina Miers’ group of street food cantinas still feel it’s “one of the best chains around”, citing its “decent Mexican eats” and “fab cocktails” (and that it’s “great with kids”, if “a bit yummy mummy at the weekends”). But while ratings for its “friendly and prompt” service and energetic vibe have proved surprisingly enduring over the years, its food score dipped this year, with some regulars noting it has felt “a tad off-the-boil” of late.

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fun and lighthearted” style – and providing “zingy” dishes at “great-value” prices, “fab cocktails” and “friendly service” – Thomasina Miers’ feisty street-food chain “shows no sign of decline, despite its expansion”. It’s “streets ahead of other Mexican groups” and “always a solid standby when you want a quick meal”.

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Restaurant details

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Harden's says...

Wahaca WC2

Without much in the way of publicity, this new Mexican venture was already doing good business on the couple of weekday lunchtimes when we visited, soon after opening. Perhaps it had something to do with the handy West End location. Just one minute from the Strand, it's only just far enough from Covent Garden Market that it doesn't come with a 'tourists only' sign above the door.


Or maybe its busy-ness had something to do with a light and elegant contemporary design that somehow allows the words 'bright', 'inviting' and 'basement' to occupy the same sentence. It also manages to be cool and airy, without being too hard-edged. Service was impressive too. Drawn from a rainbow of nations - though not, it would seem, Mexico - the staff were all both well drilled and engagingly enthusiastic. 'Make sure you come back, heh', said a waiter as we went out - to do that without sounding trite is quite an achievement.


The menu here is based around Mexican 'street food', which means a lot of familiar dishes of the tacos and quesadillas variety, plus some more substantial fare. Some of the cooking was perhaps a touch bland, but others - a crisp-tasting and very elegantly presented tostada for example - were really very good. And, for the heart of the West End, prices are low enough for any shortcomings swiftly to be forgiven.


So a great culinary experience to satisfy the hardest-core Mexicophile? Possibly not. But a really handy West End venue that might be pressed into service for a whole variety of occasions? You could do much worse.


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Opening hours

all day noon - 11 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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