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£53
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

These “lively, colourful” Mexican street-food joints are, say fans, “great for a quick bite”“the food remains pretty good (if not where it was several years ago)” and “you can’t complain at the prices”. That’s the majority view anyway, although there is a small minority who feel it’s “very average” now (and its ratings risk heading that way). Founded by MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers in 2007, the group hit the buffers during the pandemic and halved in size to 10 sites in London, with Dick Enthoven of Nando’s taking a controlling stake.

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£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A fun, cheerful Mexican atmosphere” and “enjoyable, fresh tasting” street food dishes can still make “an excellent standby” of this stalwart chain, which has 10 sites in London nowadays. “Even if nothing on the menu is going to wow, its consistent quality and value are reassuring”, with ratings and popularity starting to regain their historic high standing since a majority stake was sold to Nando’s owner, Dick Enthoven, a couple of years ago.

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£41
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tasty Mexican street food” at this “buzzing” chain still wins over plenty of supporters, who swear by its “fresh, wholesome, family-friendly” grub (ideal for “when you’re on the hoof”). Others, though, complain that “the menu is getting a bit tired” and the “flavours can be a bit hit and miss outside the standard dishes”. Financial losses during the pandemic forced the chain to close nearly half its branches and sell a majority stake to South African billionaire Dick Enthoven, owner of Nandos. Founded in 2007 by former MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, it now has 10 remaining branches in London as well as venues in Brighton, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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£37
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* 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.

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Wahaca Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Wahaca Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Wahaca restaurant.
Fiona C
OK - it's a chain and, I'm told by Mexicans...
Reviewed 5 months, 28 days ago

"OK - it's a chain and, I'm told by Mexicans, not very authentic but the food is full of flavour and the ambience is bright and slightly quirky."

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Opening hours

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

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