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.
We’re hugely excited to announce that throughout 2015, we’ll be inviting some of Mexico’s most gifted and inspirational chefs over to London to cook with Tommiin our original Covent Garden home in a series of 1-night-only, blow-your-mind, supper clubs. The yearlong series will take you on a culinary road-trip, of our favourite regions of Mexico, from the mountains to the coast, taking in food from the likes of Enrique Olvera whose restaurant currently features in the top 20 in the world, and lifelong friends who’ve helped and inspired us along the way.
Kicking things off at the beginning of February with an exclusive night of Oaxacan dishes, Tommi will be joining forces with Alejandro Ruiz, head chef of the critically acclaimed Casa Oaxaca, voted the 34th best restaurant in the whole of Latin America and one of our favourite places to eat in the entire world.
Alejandro is famed across the globe for his seasonal dishes incorporating local delicacies from Oaxaca State such as crickets, Yerba Santa, Huitlacoche and chillies stuffed with ceviches or slow-braised meats. To have such a world renowned chef from the state that initially inspired us is a dream come true for everyone at Wahaca and will be sure to prove a night not to be missed for any fans of Mexican food.
Only 100 ticketswill be available for Alejandro and Tommi’s supper club and will be put on sale via wahaca.co.uk in the coming weeks at £40 per person. If you’d like to pre-register your interest drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Pop Alejandro Ruiz in the subject line), so you can be first to hear about how to get your seat in Wahaca Covent Garden for this ultimate celebration of Oaxacan cuisine.
Following on from Alejandro’s visit, our Covent Garden kitchens will be continuing the road-trip, welcoming Mexico City’s most acclaimed super chef Enrique Olvera, whose restaurant Pujolis currently voted the 20th best in the world, to cook with Tommi for 1 night only in April. Later in the summer, Roberto Soliswill be taking the helm for a night taking inspiration from his restaurant Nectar, and stints working at the Fat Duck and Noma with Rene Redzepi.
For any unable to attend Alejandro and Tommi’s supper club, the following day we will be launching the first in a series of regional specials menus, running exclusively at Wahaca Covent Garden for 8 weeks to give you a taste of what the incredibly diverse Oaxacan region has to offer. Taking Alejandro’s menu and the Oaxaca region as its inspiration, expect to see dishes such as slow braised, mole glazed beef short rib and Chile Relleno. Think of it as an experiment in something a little extra special for our Covent Garden customers, taking us back to where it all began.
2015 is a particularly special year for us, as it’s been designated The Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico by our countries’ respective Governments; a pairing up in celebration of the diversity, talent and cultural heritage of the two nations. As well as our supper club nights, we’ll be collaborating with the Mexican Embassy throughout the year on events that showcase the fun, vibrant culture of Mexico, so watch out for more excitement throughout the year. To hear about everything we’re up to, sign up to our database here.
Not content with adding our amazing new large lunchtime tacos to the menu in Covent G, Soho and Islington, we’re also giving you and your work pals the chance to win 8 of them, purely by showing off your photographic awesomeness.
Snap a photo of our large lunchtime tacos with Instagram, tag it with #tacolunchbreak and we’ll choose our favourite at the end of February to win lunch for up to 8.
Our new range of generously filled tacos are big enough to power you through the afternoon, and our speedy service means (if you really have to rush back to work) you can be in and out in around half an hour. So with 2 large tacos starting from just £6, they’re the perfect reason to say adios to the cheese and pickle sandwich and join the lunch break taco-ver.
We know what it’s like, some days you just want a quick, tasty lunch which doesn’t cost the earth. An amazing flavour hit to replace that boring sandwich at your desk. So we’ve come up with our new lunchtime large taco menu, exclusively available at Wahaca Soho, Islington and Wimbledon, weekdays from 12 – 3pm. The perfect excuse to re-claim your lunch break.
Our new range of generously filled tacos, big enough to power you through the afternoon, are topped with a choice of 4 delicious fillings and served with our creamy frijoles on the side. Choose from either chicken tinga in a smoky chipotle marinade, slow-cooked pork pibil with pink pickled onions, grilled British steak and cheese, or seasonal vegetables with feta and avocado salsa.
Our speedy service means (if you really have to rush back to work) you can be in and out in around half an hour, and with 2 large tacos starting from just £6, they’re the perfect reason to say adios to the cheese and pickle sandwich and join the lunch break taco-ver.