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Time to summerize. Our new menu is out now!

It’s that time of year again – shades, shorts and a slackening of the rules around eating ice cream before midday. So to ensure you hit that culinary sweet spot, we’ve launched a new summer menu that’s stocked full of suitably seasonal delights.

This year, as we turn 10 years old, Tommi has been hard at work flicking back through the archives, and has pulled together a menu of her favourite summer dishes from a decade of cooking in the Wahaca kitchens, and sprinkled it with a few inventions inspired by our recent travels around the Motherland.

Watch out for highlights like our new buttermilk chicken tacos – crispy fried chicken, topped with habanero & white onion relish & a spiced mayo; extra cheesy quesadillas, including the new chicken club; fire roasted cactus and courgette burritos and a heavenly hibiscus-roasted aubergine salad with roast serrano hummus, mint vinaigrette and salsa macha. New to our market treats section, a four cheese empanada, stuffed with four different cheeses in one pastry parcel. We crisp it up and top it with a fresh tomatillo salsa ready for you to take a chomp.

If you like the sound of that, Book yourself in and take your taste buds on a trip to discover a little bit more of the magic of the Mexican markets.

Wahaca goes Carbon Neutral

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Wahaca goes Carbon Neutral

We are delighted to to be the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified as a CarbonNeutral company – here’s how:

Since opening our very first restaurant in Covent Garden in 2007, we have sought to be a climate leader in the industry, challenging ourselves to ensure that each site has as low an environmental impact as possible. Our group, which currently has 23 locations, has reduced the average total energy consumption of newer sites (those established after 2013) by 36%. Further to this, we have regularly assessed the efficiency of older locations, and by upgrading systems and appliances have decreased the average energy consumption of older sites by 15%. For example, adjusting a heater battery at the Bluewater Wahaca led to a 76% reduction in gas use. In 2016, through offsetting the remaining unavoidable energy usage by investing in far-reaching energy-saving initiatives, Wahaca has been certified as having a net zero carbon footprint.

To continue reading, head to this page.

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The Floating Cinema comes to Stratford – Join us at the OPEN AIR WEEKENDER EAST

*** FLOATING CINEMA WEEKENDER  TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT ***

We’ve partnered with The Floating Cinema to bring canal-side Mexican film and feasting to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th June. Grab yourself a FREE ticket quick before they run out, and join us from 8pm on Thursday or Friday (or both!) for some tacos and tequila before the film and some tortilla chips and guacamole to crunch on (not too loud) whilst you watch.

The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects. Photo: Jack Hobhouse
The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects. Photo: Jack Hobhouse

The Floating Cinema’s barge will be moored up, and in partnership with Ambulante will be projecting the finest Mexican cinema onto a backdrop of the Olympic Stadium for this opening weekend of their summer tour. More specifically they’ll be: Behind the ArcelorMittal Orbit, South Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST.

On Thursday evening feast your eyes on Who is Dayani Crystal?, a collaboration between Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and UK filmmaker Marc Silver. It’s an inventive and moving rendition of a theme that continues to mark Mexico: The struggle of immigrants who face all kinds of adversities in their paths from Central America to the United States.

On Friday you can join us for Redes/The Wave (1936), a collaboration between Paul Strand, Emilio Gómez Muriel, and Fred Zinnemann. The film transports us to a fishing community near the port town of Veracruz, where adversity and corruption incite a collective struggle for justice. The film, made and set in post-revolutionary Mexico, captures the contradictions of its time: the desperate attempts to forge a vernacular national identity to attenuate the aftermath of a conflict which left a deeply divided and factious society.

Film still: Redes, 1936. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAM
Film still: Redes, 1936. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAM

Tickets for both events are FREE and but going fast. They’re available on a first come, first served basis. Booking is essential.

To hear more about where The Floating Cinema will be mooring up throughout the summer, head to floatingcinema.info.

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Bloggers cook-along at Wahaca Stratford

Check out this great video of our bloggers cook-along event that we held in Wahaca Stratford last week. Tommi cooked up 3 dishes from the new Wahaca book (Did we mention that we had a new book?) and then 9 willing blogger volunteers valiantly had a go themselves. All in less than 30 minutes to add a little bit of extra fun to the proceedings.

We were all very impressed with the bloggers who pretty much took the whole thing in their stride and created some beautiful looking recreations, so Tommi had better watch out!

If you like the look of these dishes, then you can get your hands on a copy of our book, Wahaca, Mexican food at home in any of our restaurants or they’re just a click away. You might also see the Beetroot salad cropping up on the new specials menu at The Wahaca Southbank Experiment from July 4th.

Thank you so much to all of the lovely guys from HJonesyFeeds, Cherrapeno, Mintcustard, Crumpeats, Humbugs & Handbags, Hot & Chilli, Robert Giorgione, Roswensian, and Pukkapaki for making it such a great event.

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Wahaca goes East

On Tuesday 13th September, we’ll be opening up Wahaca number 5 (or 5 and a half if you’re counting the taco van), and taking a taste of Mexican Market Eating to East London’s newest marketplace, Westfield Stratford City, which you’ll find right at the entrance to the Olympic park.

Right now, we’re installing all of the state of the art kitchen kit that we need to cook up our delicious Mexican market food and putting the finishing touches to our very funky looking margarita bar which will be serving cocktails, wine, beers and our award winning range of tequilas. There are also some new design elements that we’ve brought to the site so that you can eat in serious style. A table hung from the ceiling anyone?

We’re pushing ourselves even further with the sustainability of our restaurant build, monitoring our whole fit out using a BREEAM retail assessment, which means that someone is checking up on how well we do with using recycled and sustainable materials – Don’t miss the cork walls and recycled bottles that we’ve used throughout, which have earned us extra green points.

We’re especially excited to have commissioned the skills of one of East London’s most prolific street artist, Pure Evil to bring his own style and some very cool colour to the walls. We we’re looking for something raw and provocative and we thought you might like to have a sneak preview of what he got up to last night.

 

doing art at wahaca in the olympic village

doing art at wahaca in the olympic village

Looking good, we hope you’ll agree.

So if you’re in the area and need a bit of a break from the shopping, or a bite after going to the cinema, or are heading over to check out how things are going down at the Olympic site, then come and say hi. You’ll find us at number 6 Chestnut Plaza in Westfield Stratford City, open every day from midday.