We are very excited to support one of few venues in the UK dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences since 1979.
Every year over 90,000 children of all backgrounds come to Polka to see the most exciting shows and take part in creative learning activities. To make this possible, Polka not only relies on ticket sales but also on donations, as they are a registered charity.
From this week, 20p from each children’s meal at Wahaca Wimbledon will be going straight to Polka.
Gastronomic adventurers take note, we’re taking your tastebuds on a tour of Mexico and our #CulinaryTrip has reached its second stop off – The Yucatán Peninsula.
Exclusively available in our Covent Garden kitchen, and for 8 weeks only, we’ve created a Yucatecan menu to show off the finest from the region with help and inspiration from its vast coastline and diverse cultural mix, alongside ideas we picked up at last week’s supper club with Roberto Solis.
Following in the footsteps of the peninsula’s historical visitors, our Yucatecan Kibbehis a crispy pumpkin seed and cracked wheat dumpling, not dissimilar from a Lebanese falafel and served up with a charred habanero salsa and citrusy habanero laced cherry tomato salad.
A Yucatecan menu wouldn’t be complete with offerings from the sea. Our scallop and prawn ‘coctel’ comes with a refreshing, delicately spiced chilled tomato and orange sauce studded with sustainable scallops and MSC prawns, avocado, cucumber and celery with our grilled tostadas to give a welcome crunch.
Our Welsh fisherfriends have come to our aide supplying incredibly flavoured, sustainably caught sea bass, which we’re grilling up Tikin Xic style, in an achiote marinade with crunchy slaw and a citrusy mayo, in a pair of large tacos.
Already proving to be a contender for the top spot, we’re chargrilling half a baby chicken with pumpkin seed and citrus Sikil Pak dip. It comes alongside grilled asparagus and corn, tossed in burnt butter. It’s next level stuff.
Finish off, (We’re ignoring the final tequila course) with a soft velvety vanilla panna cottawhich is topped with a bright passion fruit saucewith a touch of a very Mayan guanabana liqueur. Stick that alongside a highly sip-able glass of the same Huana guanabana liqueurover ice and things are looking pretty much summertime-on-the-beach-in-Tulum. Happy ending.
We hope you’ll take the chance to grab a true taste of The Yucatan in the next 8 weeks, before the #CulinaryTripmoves on.
Are you ready for Mexico’s finest musicians and DJ’s taking over London next week as part of La Linea, London’s Latin Music Festival? Alongside Grammy winners Jorge Drexler and hip-hop Chilean sensation Ana Tijoux, there are some huge shows coming up.
Thursday 23rd of April:Morgan Szymanski & Alejandro Escuer at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. A fine evening of contemporary music showcasing masterpieces of British and Mexican composers.
Saturday 25th of April: Mexrrissey, Mexico goes Morrissey at the Barbican. The music of Morrissey and the Smiths gets a Mexican twist before embarking on a UK and US tour spreading the #mexmoz love.
Sunday 26th of April: Mexacoustico at Rich Mix. An intimate evening with some of Mexico’s young leading musicians and songwriters playing from their own songbooks.
Would you like to be in a chance of winning a pair of tickets to each show? Just tweet us your favourite Latin tune tagging @wahaca and @lalineafest with the hashtag #wahacamusic and we will pick a winner at random on at midday on Tuesday 21st of April.
Last night, a little bit of Yucatecan magicwas made in our original Covent Garden kitchen. It was the second stop in our #CulinaryTrip supper club series, where we’re taking you on a tour of Mexico’s finest culinary regions, inviting the country’s most ground-breaking chefs over to London to cook their region’s finest fare and showcase the amazing diversity that the motherland has to offer.
Tommi was joined in the kitchen by a true leader of the New Yucatecan Cuisine, Roberto Solis, whose Nectar restaurant in Merida produces award winning, world class gastronomy, taking classic local ingredients and giving them a molecular twist. In the past he’s been seen cooking for stints in restaurants such as Nomaand The Fat Duck. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a saucepan.
He took the opportunity to try out some brand new dishes on our awaiting guests including some intriguing dishes, such as sweet onions in a jet black recardo negro tempura batter which he served nestled amongst lumps of carbon with a Xcatic chile mayo. The theme of Yucatecan ingredients reached through to a langoustine salbute starter and bone in pork chop with oregano pipian.
If you weren’t able to make it along to the supper club last night, fear not, it was just the beginning of our stop off in The Yucatán Peninsula and from Friday 17th April, our Covent Garden restaurant will be exclusively offering a regional Yucatán inspired menu, for 8 weeks only. Highlights on our Yucatecan menu include a scallop and prawn coctelwith grilled corn tostadas, tikin xic style sea bass tacosusing a classic citrusy marinade and a vanilla panna cotta with passion fruit and guanabana liqueur.
This is what happened at our first supper club last month:
2- Mexico20, the most outstanding young voices of Mexican Literature, a project by Hay Festival, British Council and Conaculta at the London Book Fair
3- Mexico City’s Festival del Centro Historico- Music, theatre and dance take over Mexico’s vibrant city centre landmarks to showcase the country’s best, like The National Folkloric Ballet who will be visiting London this summer.
It’s been a busy one at Wahaca Music HQ this month. We have been listening to the Mexican and Latin American talent who took part at Mexico’s biggest festivals in March: Vive Latino and Cumbre Tajin and are currently getting super excited about this year’s La Linea – London’s Latin American music festival this very month with Mexrrissey at the Barbican and other UK cities, Mextronica at Village Underground and Mexacoustic at Rich Mix.
Our favourites this time round include the first cut from Mexrrissey, a collective of Mexican musicians who love Morrissey and the Smiths: just listen to Ask while you close your eyes and let the rythms transport you to a latin street carnival via Manchester.
Electro-folklore-cumbia masters Bomba Estereo are back and have a super heavy beats tune to rock your summer, very appropriately named Fiesta, as well as La Sucursal de la Cumbia, a northern Mexico 8-piece whose motto is to combat sadness by getting people to dance and have a good time.
Following the popularity of the first stop on our 2015 Cuilnary Trip around the regions of Mexico, it’s almost time for our Covent Garden menu to move on from Oaxaca to The Yucatán Peninsulaand tickets for our 1 night only supper club, to kick start this Yucatecan season, with Roberto Solis and Thomasina Miersare on sale RIGHT HERE now.
On 14th April, we’ll be handing our Covent Garden kitchen over to Roberto Solis, known as being the leader of New Yucatecan cuisine, who will join Tommi in showcasing the incredible range of ingredients and flavours the region benefits from, combining traditional recipes from the Yucatán region with the modern ideas and techniques that have made his restaurant, Nectar, world famous.
His menu for the night brings a taste of this New Yucatecan cuisine to Covent Garden with dishes such as Onions in black tempuraserved with a burnt xcatic mayonnaise and Langoustine and sweet breadssalbut with Papadzul sauce, salsa verde. Following which the Covent Garden team will be serving a Berkshire pork chop with plantain ribbons, Yucatecan oregano pipian with cured honey onions and a dessert of Coconut pie, fried rosemary & rosemary ashes. To add to the flavour of the evening, our good friends at Olmeca Altos Tequila will also be on hand to shake a few cocktails and introduce guests to their 100% agave tequila. With only 100 tickets available, they’ll not hang around for long, so grab yours pronto.
To buy your tickets click here to visit our Grub Club page and hit ‘Book Now’ to register.
The supper club is just one way that you can get a taste of The Yucatán, and those not able to join us on the night can drop in to Covent Garden from Friday the 17th April when we’ll be serving an exclusive Yucatecan Regional Specials menu, inspired by Roberto’s cooking, for 8 weeks only.
As the seasons roll on it’ll soon be time for our short shorts to come back out of the wardrobe and we can finally start strutting around the place in just a singlet again. To accompany that vision, we need some suitably light and fresh dishes that’ll neatly carry us over the line into spring and beyond. Time for our newest Street Food Specials.
For taco fans (if this term doesn’t apply, please report immediately to the headmaster’s office), we have a rejigged returning favourite in the form of our slow cooked beef barbacoa tacos, which this time have been super-sized on 2 large, grilled corn tortillas. We marinade beef feather blade in a blend of chipotle and guajillo chillies, then cook it low and slow for hours until the beef falls apart. You’ll find it bundled up atop freshly shredded cabbage slaw with our punchy chile de arbol salsa.
Anyone who’s visited the motherland will know it can be hard to have any meal in Mexico without some form of pickled vegetables rocking up alongside you order. No bad thing at all if you ask us. In homage to this unsung favourite, we’ve created a home-cured pickled vegetable tostada which comes with an underbelly of an unctuously smooth pinto bean puree, with or without free range Devon Rose ham. The Mexican answer to piccalilli.
Remember that ordering any of our street food specials means we donate 20p to Edinca to support the education of kids working and living on the streets of Mexico City. Check our blog on what happened when we went to visit them last week.
Heaven knows he is Mexican now, their fans say… The fame of Morrissey on Mexican soil is a phenomenon you may have read about in our Ola magazine recently. While chicano communities in The US organise Moz parties and copy his fashion, a bunch of Mexico’s finest rock musicians and producers have got together to create a live tribute to their idol and they have named it Mexrrissey.
Mexrrissey comes to town this April at the Barbican as part of La Linea Festival, and then will be touring some UK cities before taking off to New York and LA.
To celebrate the arrival of La Linea Music Festival and Mexrrissey, we are throwing a Launch party at Wahaca Soho’s Azulito bar on Thursday 26th of March with Mexican DJ Paola (EDT Club) and the long running Feeling Gloomy’s very own DJ Carl, who will be spinning Manchester and Mexican indie classics to make this a unique evening.
Did you ever wonder what beers go best with our tacos? Mexico is not only the land of tequila and mezcal but it’s also big on artisan beers. Dark, blonde and ales, vary from region to region and more and more small breweries are opening up across the country.
Last year we teamed up with Brixton Brewery to produce the perfect beer to go with our fresh and vibrant dishes, called Lupulo, a beer exclusive to DF/Mexico and Wahaca Brixton. Take a look at this to find out more:
So since we are very lucky to be almost next door neighbours here in Brixton, we decided to come up with an evening of beer & tacos. Oh yes, cerveza y tacos por favor…
The lucky few will have the opportunity to sample 6 of Brixton Brewery’s finest beers such as Electric IPA and Effra Ale, and have them paired with Wahaca’s most delish nibbles, tacos and churros. While Master Brewer Jez and Wahaca’s very own Anna, talk you through what inspires their beers and Mexican street food respectively.
When: Tuesday 24th of March at 6pm, Wahaca Brixton, Atlantic Road SW19 8JA