Restaurants , Mexican South Bank
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You’ve heard of living in a box. How about dining in a box? Or, to be precise, eating in one of eight shipping containers, as part of a temporary restaurant? This pop-up Mexican restaurant and ‘dining project’is perched on the terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with 130 seats spread over two floors as well as outdoor seats (which have the best views of the river, obviously). It’s decorated with graffiti from artists around the world (with Mexican street artist Saner leading the charge). One thing is for certain: Wahaca loves a challenge. Flush with their Sustainable Restaurant Association award, they’re attemptied to build the containers up using as little fuel as possible – no gas, and barely any electricity. To see how they did it, visit their blog.
Venue name: Wahaca
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
Cross street: Southbank Centre
Opening hours: Open: noon-11pm Mon-Fri, 11.30am-11pm Sat, noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Waterloo tube/rail
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Although we were initially asked to wait in the bar, we were given a table for 9 people within 10 minutes, which is pretty unbelievable considering it was 7.30pm on a weekend night. They were evidently busy, but didn't seem to delay our service as a result. Due to the nature of the way things are prepared here, we did all receive our foods at different times - but that is only natural when such a small kitchen have to serve such a large party! Everything tasted amazing - fresh and yummy! I loved the fact that you could mix and match like 2-4 dishes from the street food menu, so got to try more than I thought! The prices are deceptive for portion size, I guessed a £3 quesadillah would be tiny, but it was in fact 2 giant pieces and I regretted buying so much food - but I took the leftovers away and they made an amazing lunch the next day too. I love the spice of the food and the combos of fillings were slightly unusual, making it feel more special than the mexican food I often make at home! 

Agathe S

Same as below, extremely disappointed by the way they welcome customers. Not only one has to wait over 40 minutes with empty table but the host was terribly rude and impolite. Left the restaurant before eating, thing I have never done before!


I agree with the previous comment and initially didn't understand myself why they make people wait for 30 odd minutes even enough seats are vacant. In my opinion 2 reasons 1. I noticed whoever was waiting upstairs they sort of bought the drinks from the bar which was probably running because of the waiting customers. So may be a source if extra income. 2. Second reason might be because of their capacity to provide food on every table,?may be they had a limited capacity for serving calculated customers at one time.

Paul S.

Waste of time. Although half the tables inside are empty. They make everyone wait at the bar for 30 mins to be seated. Either very badly organised or an intentionally strategy to waste everyones time. Overall, it gave the wrong impression to many of the patrons including myself.