The day Wahaca came to Eden…

This weekend, we sent Edson Diaz-Fuentes from our menu innovation team, down to Cornwall to visit the inspirational and fascinating Eden Project. The purpose of the visit was to take part in the Harvest food festival Chilli Weekend and give a cooking demonstration to share a little bit of what we do at Wahaca.

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There were lots of fresh chillis, tomatoes and other wonderful ingredients from the Eden Project gardens for us to use so we were spoilt for choice of what to make. One of the ingredients Edson was most excited about was courgette flowers, or “flor de calabaza” as to the locals.

This is a favourite ingredient in Mexico for quesadillas, so it was definitely something not to be missed. After sautéing the courgette flowers with chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, they were folded into a corn tortilla accompanied with crumbled Queso Chihuahua from Gringa Dairy, one of our favourite local cheesemakers.

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No quesadilla is complete without freshly made salsas, so Edson whipped up two with tomatoes and chillis from the Eden project gardens. The fresh tomatoes, in season provided an incredible flavour.

The first salsa we prepared was a “salsa de molcajete” made with a mortar and pestel. Garlic, chillis, onions and tomatoes were roasted in a dry pan until the skins were blistered and slightly charred and the a mortar and pestle was put to use, smashing the ingredients, to create a chunky salsa that can be served not only with quesadillas but also as a sauce on other dishes like enchiladas.

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Next-up Edson also set about making a light, fresh salsa with the amazing heirloom tomatoes from Eden, a wonderful range of purples, yellows and reds  bursting with flavour. This is a quick and easy salsa to make, where flavoursome, ripe tomatoes are a must. He added finely chopped onion, coriander, jalapenos, olive oil, lime juice and cornish sea salt to the tomatoes making a perfect accompaniment to quesadillas or as a dip with tortilla chips.

Helping the guys out were volunteers from the audience, which on the Sunday included some very lucky local school children. The two boys who helped out were extremely keen to get to work in the kitchen, and were even enthusiastic about the quantity of chillis they wanted to add to the salsas we prepared! Wahaca fans of the future for sure.

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To accompany the quesadillas Edson prepared a seasonal margarita (well it was the weekend), made with mandarin and lime juice, Cointreau and 100% agave Olmeca Altos tequila, our house tequila at Wahaca. Remember, using 100% agave tequila will ensure quality and purity, as well as how smooth and easy your drinks are. A refreshing, light drink which is a great accompaniment to many Mexican dishes.

Thanks to the Eden Project for inviting us along to this marvelous Chilli Weekend. Here’s to next year.

See the latest Mexican film talent at the Raindance Film Festival with Wahaca

Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s leading independent film festival, comes to London this week, and once again this year, the Mexican strand will host seven feature films and eight short films with over 20 screenings. The line-up of films span across genres, offering different perspectives of Mexico and its cinema.

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Highlights include the UK premier of Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’, ‘Through the Eyes’ by Victoria & Michel Franco (After Lucia 2012), ‘Eden’ by Elise Durant, and ‘Gonzalez’ by Christian Diaz.

There are three multi-awarded documentary features including Locarno winner ‘Navajazo’ by Ricardo Silva; the superb story of the circus world in ‘Grazing the Sky’ by Horacio Alcala; and ‘The Absent Stone’ by Sandra Rozental.

The line-up of Mexican films at Raindance reinforces an international perspective in Mexican cinema by including five co-productions with countries including USA, Spain, Portugal and Germany, as well as two foreign-directed Mexican productions; showing Mexico is a country with a strong film industry eager to co-produce with fellow countries.

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To be in with a chance of winning tickets for you and a guest to two of the Mexican strand films, a special invitation to the Mexican Mixer at Wahaca event where you will be able to meet some of the Directors, Producers and Actors at the Azulito Bar- Wahaca Soho, simply email us at locals@wahaca.co.uk and tell us your favourite Mexican film of all time and we will pick a winner at random at midday on Thursday 25h of October.

To find out more about the Mexican Strand of Raindance click here.

 

 

Wahaca comes to the Eden Project

There is less than a week to go until the Chilli Weekend at the Eden Project Food Festival, where Edson Diaz-Fuentes, our Head of Menu Innovation, will be doing a couple of cooking demos using Eden Project’s harvest, including herbs, vegetables and chillies.

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Courgette flower Quesadillas, Pico de Gallo with Jalapeño and  Mandarin & Habanero margaritas are some of the dishes on the menu he will be creating this weekend. Truly Mexican dishes, taken all the way to Cornwall, using beautiful, locally source ingredients.

Wahaca’s ethos has always been sustainability, from fish to chicken to herbs. Locally sourced ingredients are core to our business, so what a better than to have the chance to transform fresh produce from the Eden Project’s gardens into Mexican street food dishes.

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Thomasina Miers’ latest book “Chilli Notes” will be available to buy at the Eden Project at the Chilli Weekend, for those who want more inspiration for their daily cooking. They include recipes inspired by a range of cuisines using chillies from around the world, including Mexican Chillies like Jalapeño, Pasilla, Arbol and Habanero.

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Grab breakfast by the Huevos – Our new menu is available now

Breakfast is a big deal in Mexico. A big deal that shouldn’t be missed. So our new breakfast menu brings the finest dishes from the mornings of Mexico to the UK with our own local twists, to give you a selection of dishes that are sure to power you through ‘til lunch.

If you like to start your day with an egg (and who doesn’t), then head for our Mexican Baked Eggs, served in 3 different ways in a skillet with buttery toasted sourdough. Whether it’s smoky roast tomato and chipotle, fresh zingy tomatillo or the heartier chorizo and refried beans that you go for, you can be guaranteed all kinds of glory.

Mexican Baked Eggs with Roast Tomato, chipotle and dippy sourdough.
Mexican Baked Eggs with Roast Tomato, chipotle and dippy sourdough.

One of Mexico’s most famous breakfast dishes, Huevos Rancheros, is served Divorciados, with 2 fried eggs, slathered in 2 different salsas atop fresh blue corn tortillas, baby leaf spinach, crumbled Lancashire cheese and a cooling crema. #PowerHuevos

Why have one salsa when you can have two?
Why have one salsa when you can have two?

Anyone looking for the ultimate superfood start to the day should look no further than our avocado toast with a Green Smoothie, a dairy free blend of apple, cucumber, avocado and chia that will leave you with a sense of overall wellbeing.

Traditionalists can grab a breakfast bap, sandwiching bacon and a fried egg between sourdough made by our friends at Brixton based artisan baker, Bread Bread, with a healthy dollop of chipotle ketchup.

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Warning… Money shot.

For the full menu, including the hangover-busting Breakfast Burrito, French Toast with maple agave and free range streaky bacon, a whole range of juices and lighter dishes such as homemade granola with fruit compote and agave syrup, head over here.

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French Toast with agave maple syrup

Our new breakfast menu is available daily at Wahaca Great Portland Street from 7.30am weekdays, 9am weekends, and Wahaca Charlotte Street from 8am weekdays, 9am weekends.  For breakfast bookings and breakfast meeting enquiries, please get in touch with your local restaurant.

 

Now booking for Mexmas

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Now booking for Mexmas

Give your festive season a twist with an exclusive 4 course feast of Mexican nibbles and freshly prepared seasonal dishes for just £19.50 per person or £27 with half a bottle of red or white wine.

Nibble on freshly mashed guacamole topped with fresh pomegranate served with crisp tortilla chips as you arrive. Start your seasonal street food feast, with a choice of our Carnitas sope, a blue corn base topped with shredded slaw, and our succulently caramelised confit of pork, or our Roasted Sprout Mole with toasted almonds and crumbled Feta. Follow that with a locally sourced Huitlacoche tortilla pie or a decadent duck confit enchilada in a rich Coloradito mole sauce for your main course, both served with a corn, bean and avocado mixed leaf salad, green rice and black beans. For desert, we have our favourite churros y chocolate doughnuts to share.

For anyone wanting a glass of wine or 2 with their meal, the MEXmas menu is available with half a bottle of our house red or white wine for £27 per head, or there’s always our full cocktail, beer and tequila list to order from.

Confit duck rolled in a corn tortilla, topped with mole coloradito. It's what Santa would go for.
Confit duck rolled in a corn tortilla, topped with mole coloradito. It’s what Santa would go for.

To make a booking enquiry and find out more, get in touch with your local restaurant using the form below to tell us what date you’re after and how many people you’d like to book for and one of the team will get back to you.

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The Scoop on our latest Street Food Specials

As the summer draws to a (slightly premature) end, like an obedient pack of truffle hogs, Thomasina and our development team have been busily snuffling out new ideas and ingredients to keep our menu stocked with the freshest bites around. This week they’ve rewarded us with the tweaked revival of some of our all-time favourites, re-jigged to bring you even more mouth tingling joy. The latest selection of street food specials will be available from 29th August - 20th October 2014. Your bouche will be amused…

Salmon Tostada

For fish lovers, we have a light and crisp salmon tostada inspired by Mexico City’s modern kitchens. We take thin slivers of sustainably sourced, Loch Duart salmon and lodge it atop a silky, smoky chipotle mayonnaise, pop a slice of rich, creamy Hass avocado on top and sprinkle with crispy onions to give your crunchy tostada, well, a little bit more crunch.

Hibiscus and beetroot salad

Anyone thinking that as the seasons cool, salads become a thing of the past, can think again. One to watch out for if you’re a clumsy eater wearing a white shirt/blouse/lab coat (nice choice), is our hibiscus marinated beetroot salad. We’ve harvested fresh baby leaf spinach (cutting it off in its prime), studded it with juicy beetroot tossed in a hibiscus flower dressing, and liberally sprinkled it with crumbled feta cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds. To make sure you’re paying attention, it’s strewn with thin slithers of pink pickled onions, which thanks to their habanero chilli pickle, pack a welcome punch. It’s salad for the now.

Our street food specials aren’t just there for you to enjoy you know. Order one and we donate 20p to EDNICA, a charity we’ve been supporting for the past 5 years in helping to feed and educate children living and working on the streets of Mexico city. Check out Tommi’s latest visit to meet them and hear where our money is going here.

Wahaca presents… The best Mexican documentaries, short films and culture

Our monthly short film evening at Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria just got bigger and better. We have not only teamed up with the Oaxaca Film Festival and their cutting edge independent short films, but we have also got together with the UCL Mexican Society to bring you award winning Mexican documentaries.

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After the recent visit of Mexican film maker Francesco Taboada Tabone to Wahaca, we are very excited to have his award winning documentary: Tin Tan. That tells the story of the charismatic legend German Valdes, an actor, singer, dancer and comedian, one of the biggest stars of The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema with over 100 films and 11 albums released between the forties and seventies.

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To compliment your Mexican evening, a soundtrack of beautiful tunes of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema will be played in the background while your favourite Wahaca cocktails are served.

Tuesday 2nd of September

Oaxaca Short films and Tin Tan from 6:30pm

Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria Bar

Free entry: simply register here for your free tickets.

Wahaca presents… Maguey: a documentary by Franceso Taboada Tabone

Join us for a very special screening of this award winning documentary that follows the history and meaning of the maguey plant in inner-Mexico’s indigenous communities, The Otomis and Nahuas, as they fight to keep the beliefs and traditions alive.

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The maguey, also known as “the tree of wonders” not only famous for it’s mysterious pulque drink, that is served in cantinas throughout Mexico, it has also had a powerful influence in arts and politics and has recently been declared to be in danger of extinction. The film shows a magical insight into the local people who harvest and look after it.

The screening will be followed by a Mezcal tasting with Amathus and a Q&A with the film’s director Francesco Taboada Tabone and producers Aldo Tabone and Fernanda Robinson.

Space is limited, so to grab your free tickets, simply register here.

Sunday 17th of August 5pm at Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria.

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Win the complete riverside Mexican evening with Pate de Fuá and Wahaca Southbank Experiment

The first of five summer roof-top gigs at the Southbank Centre this summer as part of the Festival of Love will be hosted by jazz-tango-swing Mexican sensations Pate de Fuá on Wednesday 16th of July.

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Formed in Mexico in 2006, Pate de Fuá has been crossing borders with their unique folk sound and are currently on a 8 date European Tour. This nine-piece troupe create a unique musical experience fusing elements of avant-rock, outrageous oompah and post-minimalism. Their high-energy, interactive shows are full of exuberant choral harmonies, choreography and intricate grooves.

To be in a chance of winning two tickets to the gig and dinner for two at Wahaca Southbank Experiment of £40 in value, where you will be able to sample Wahaca’s newest specials, simply send an email to locals@wahaca.co.uk and tell us your favourite Mexican dish you would like to see included in the specials at Wahaca.

A winner will be chosen at midday on Monday the 14th of July and will be notified by email.

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The Triquis basketball stars visit Wahaca Soho

Last week we welcomed some very special basketball stars to our restaurant in Soho. Not your regular NBA players, these were The Triquis, a group of 9 boys and 1 girl from the remote Triqui region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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This basketball dream started in 2009, when coach Sergio Zuniga set up the project to help 9 and 10 year olds have a better life and improve their education by setting up a team, a team that only children with good marks could join. The team quickly became popular and the initiative has been taken  up by other communities in Oaxaca.

The Triquis who began playing barefoot, as they didn’t have the right trainers, were named the “Barefoot giants of the mountains”, and have gained international acclaim after competing in Argentina, Spain and the USA in recent months.

After winning The Fairplay Award and the second place at the Barcelona Basketball Cup, the Mexican Embassy invited the children to visit London and during their tour of London, they stopped by to have some tacos, quesadillas, many aguas frescas and a few table football matches in our Azulito Bar.

We look forward to seeing these total dudes grow into basketball professionals representing Mexico in future Olympics and Championships across the world.