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Diego Hernandez and Tommi Miers bring the best of Baja California to Wahaca Covent Garden

Anyone who’s got their ear to the ground of what’s hot in Mexican cuisine right now can’t have failed to hear the screams of excitement coming from ecstatic diners in the North West of Mexico, as they tuck into Baja California’s coastal culinary delights.

Don't miss this man cooking up your supper. Baja style.
Don’t miss this man cooking up your supper. Baja style.

We want to bring you guys a bit of that action, so for the next leg of our #CulinaryTrip tour of Mexico’s foodie hotspots, we’re inviting Diego Hernandez, arguably the most exciting and talented chef in the area, to bring the flavours of his restaurant, Corazon de Tierrra, (currently voted number 20 in San Pelligrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America), to our Covent Garden kitchen for this one night event. And we want to see you down there.

 

On Wednesday June 10th, Diego and Tommi will be cooking a supper club for 200 guests lucky enough to bag a ticket, with a menu that brings the best of Baja and Ensenada to Covent Garden. Starting off with a vegetable salad with wild nettles and avocado leaf vinaigrette and mackerel entomatadas with watercress, sorrel and lemon, the dishes will showcase Diego’s reinvented Ensenada classics. The menu highlight is a tamal stuffed with wild wood pigeon, yellow mole and dehydrated parsnip. To finish there’s a truffle cream with spinach chlorophyll, radish, caramel and balsamic. Yes Please.

To buy your tickets click here to visit our Grub Club page and hit ‘Book Now’ to register.

Diego's cooking at Corazon de Tierra.
Diego’s cooking at Corazon de Tierra.

 

Anyone who’s not able to make it along on the night, all is not lost. From the 12th June and for 8 weeks after the supper club, we’ll be serving a special regional menu that’s inspired by Diego’s cooking and the Baja California region, stuffed full of new surprises for your taste buds.

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Join the Wahaca BETA trial as we put our new summer dishes to the test

This summer we’re filling our menu with more new dishes than ever before, so for 4 weeks only from 12th May, we’re letting the most important people at Wahaca (that’s you guys) have the chance to test out our new dishes before the best ones are added to our final menu later this summer. It’s our own style of BETA testing and it’s gonna be pretty damn tasty.

Cactus and grilled corn tacos
Cactus and grilled corn tacos

So, what’s new? To get your mouth in the mood, we’ve got a whole new load of Market Treats – They’re extra special street food dishes to satisfy those little cravings for maximum flavour, and they’re not to be missed. Think MSC crab stuffed avocado, Chorizo and chapulines memela, and tenderstem broccoli with green goddess dressing.  We’ve reinvented some classics, like our new chicken tinga now with a smoky meco salsa, that you’ll find tingling taste buds in tacos and alongside tortilla chips in our new salsa trio. There’s a pair of new warming enchiladas with a creamy Pasilla de Oaxaca, tomato and crème fraiche sauce which could prove to be the perfect comfort food for the summer months, if they get your vote. There are 2 different golden, crispy empanadas and our quesadillas have turned from flour to corn, giving them a more classic taste of Mexico, still toasted with oozy cheese laced fillings, now including an old favourite from our specials menu, the Chilli quesadilla, perfect for those who like a bit of heat. And that’s just for starters… Watch out for a line-up of freshly juiced juices, salmon tostadas with crispy onion, superfood salads, the UK’s first MSC certified crab and don’t even get us started on desserts.

Freshly Juiced Juices
Freshly Juiced Juices

We’ve given all our new dishes a thorough road testing, but now’s your chance to tell us what’s rockin’ and what’s shocking, because it’s you guys who matter most.  So to tell us what you think you can tweet or Instagram your dishes using #BetaEater or let us know by commenting below.

So all that’s left to do is get down here, stuff yourself silly and help us make this summer tastier than ever.

Just a taste of summer
Just a taste of summer

Wahaca’s top tunes this May

After a heavenly April of La Linea Festival’s all-star line up that brought us Jorge Drexler, Plaza Francia and Mexrrissey, we just found out that David Byrne is curating Meltdown and cannot stop listening to Hot Chip’s version of Atomic Bomb.

top5mayClick here to listen to Wahaca’s top tunes for April

Other musical discoveries include the electro-tropical kings Salon Acapulco, Dominican Republic’s Alex Ferreira and Argentina cumbia chick Paloma del Cerro as well as our fave Caloncho‘s project Aballoon.

We also took a little trip down south and came back with a little Nicky Jam and J Balvin for all of you who like some Latin chart topping hits, they are hot hot hot…

Want to find out more? check your Wahaca app when you pop in to discover what’s playing and suggest a track on twitter with the hashtag #wahacamusic

Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

This week, King’s College, UCL and University of Essex Mexican Student Societies, welcomed some very special guests: The mystical Wixarika People, the Huicholes, who are one of the last pre-Hispanic alive cultures in Latin America. The Last Peyote Guardians film by Hernan Vilchez, documents their struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and home of the famous peyote cactus.

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The beautifully shot film, takes you on a journey across the Wirikuta region, which is located high in the mountains of central Mexico, between the Sierra Madre Occidental and Zacatecas, as Jose and Enrique’s family guide us into their ritual pilgrimage and their encounter with their spiritual ancestors that inhabit this territory giving us a unique insight into their life and connection with nature and the peyote plant.

 

Transversal to this millenary ritual that has been repeated generation after generation, the conflict appears: The threat of the mining companies that, if their exploitation efforts are successful, could contaminate and destroy Wirikuta, transforming it into a sterile and uninhabitable territory. The documentary also brings us closer to the different actions that are available to the public and that have been started by the Wixárika people to bring the defense of Wirikuta and its meaning out in the open.
Watch the film and find out more about the Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians here.

Wahaca’s top hot picks this May

May is here: a month of super exciting foodie news with our #culinarytrip Yucatan menu still rocking Covent Garden, and our new summer menu arriving at every Wahaca near you.

 

1- Latinos in London & Wahaca 5 de Mayo Fiesta: Come and dance like a Mexican this 5 de Mayo at Wahaca Soho’s Azulito Bar. 7pm, free entry.

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2- Festival Cultural de Mayo, Guadalajara, Jalisco – A month of dance, music, theatre and art at this year’s festival with the UK as their guest of honour. All details here.

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3- It’s Mexican street food heaven with over 15 new dishes on our summer menu. From mid-May, you will be invited to tell us what you think about our new quesadillas, memelas enchiladas, and lots more. All Wahacas.

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4- Brixton Brewery beer & Wahaca taco pairing- After a sold out session earlier this year, we have a second date. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn and sample Brixton’s finest brews and our tacos and churros. 19th of May, click here for more info.

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5- Mexico20, New Voices and Traditions hits the shelves. The México20 anthology brings together the work of twenty young Mexican writers under the age of forty to an international readership. Join some of the authors at the Free Word Centre on the 29th of May and click here for more info.

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Brixton Brewery & Wahaca tasting 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.

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When: Tuesday 19th of May at 6pm, Wahaca Brixton, Atlantic Road SW19 8JA

Tickets cost £12.50 and can be booked by emailing locals@wahaca.co.uk

Wahaca Wimbledon supporting children’s theatre

Joining forces with Polka

We are very excited to support one of few venues in the UK dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences since 1979.

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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.

 

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To see what’s on at Polka visit www.polkatheatre.com

 

 

 

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Exclusive 8 week Yucatecan specials menu launches in Covent Garden

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.

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Following in the footsteps of the peninsula’s historical visitors, our Yucatecan Kibbeh is 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.

Yucatecan Kibbeh w/ charred habanero salsa and tomato salad
Yucatecan Kibbeh w/ charred habanero salsa and 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.

Scallop and prawn coctel with grilled tostadas
Scallop and prawn coctel with grilled tostadas

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.

Sea Bass tacos Tikin Xic style
Sea Bass tacos Tikin Xic style

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.

Blackened baby chicken w/ Sikil Pak dip
Blackened baby chicken w/ Sikil Pak dip

Finish off, (We’re ignoring the final tequila course) with a soft velvety vanilla panna cotta which is topped with a bright passion fruit sauce with a touch of a very Mayan guanabana liqueur. Stick that alongside a highly sip-able glass of the same Huana guanabana liqueur over ice and things are looking pretty much summertime-on-the-beach-in-Tulum. Happy ending.

Vanilla, passion fruit and guanabana panna cotta
Vanilla, passion fruit and guanabana panna cotta

We hope you’ll take the chance to grab a true taste of The Yucatan in the next 8 weeks, before the #CulinaryTrip moves on.

To view the menu click here.

Thanks to the multi-talented Haydee Noble for these photos.

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Win a Golden Ticket for Four Mexican shows at La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival

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.

Friday 24th of April: Mextronica: Featuring Compass (Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah), Chico Sonido, Santos DJ, Lao at Village Underground. An all-nighter of Mexico’s thriving and exciting electronic music scene with super star DJ’s and Compass live.

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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.

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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.

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The Yucatan Peninsula by way of Covent Garden

Last night, a little bit of Yucatecan magic was 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 Noma and The Fat Duck. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a saucepan.

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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.

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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 coctel with grilled corn tostadas, tikin xic style sea bass tacos using a classic citrusy marinade and a vanilla panna cotta with passion fruit and guanabana liqueur.

This is one trip you just don’t want to miss.

Yucatecan Summer Squash