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Thomasina Miers’s Mexican ‘market food’ concept is now an eight-strong chain (plus two street food vans). The restaurants all share a cheery vibe, with young, efficient staff buzzing round bright interiors, as well as a commitment to sustainability and animal welfare.

The large Charlotte Street branch has a takeaway hatch (which sells a few ingredients such as salsas, chillies and fresh corn tortillas, as well as lunches) and a mezcal bar on the first floor, in addition to the ground-floor restaurant.

Tortillas loom large, in soft, crisp, toasted and chip variations, and in flour and corn versions, though there are also a few grills (fish, steak or chicken served with green rice). But no one is complaining – it’s tasty, addictive stuff, with recent meals only revealing one dud – the mushroom quesadillas. Favourites include the steak burrito (which comes with a zingy chipotle salsa); the little black bean tostadas (refried beans with avocado salsa, crema, cheese and fresh tomato salsa); the spicy slaw; and the guacamole (served with either tortilla chips or fennel pork scratchings).

Puddings include a version of churros y chocolate. Breakfast is served here too: indulge in huevos rancheros, a burrito filled with Brindisa chorizo, or a dulce de leche doughnut. Drinks run from mocktails to tequila.

Venue name: Wahaca
Address: 19-23 Charlotte Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8.30-11.30am Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat, Sun. Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 11.30am-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Dishes £3.60-£4.85. Main courses £6.95-£9.95

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Simon C
Staff Writer

Mexican food doesn't really float my boat, but Wahaca seriously is in a class of it's own, it's deliberately different while still maintaining the authentic feel of street food. I've taken friends there, they are now converts and love the place. The food is so fresh and zingy, the ingredients are amazing, whether going for the more traditional tortillas and burritos, or trying some of the slightly more delicate tostadas and quesadillas. My absolute favourite and hands down winner are the black bean tostadas (beans with avocado salsa, crema, cheese and fresh tomato salsa), wow, this stuff is so refreshing and never ceases to tantalise the tastebuds, very addictive. Definitely give it a go, you won't be disappointed.

Ian Mann

Literally my favourite chain of restaurants there is. All the food is extremely tasty & incredibly reasonable no matter which branch you go in. If you go to the Covent Garden one then prepare to queue at peak time! Luckily their cocktail selection is worth a bash while you wait. From the amazing burritos to the pulled pork everything is incredibly tasty! Even the crunchy salads make your mouth water. Quick, yummy, not pricey & I challenge anyone to not leave satisfied. Mexican food at it's best in the capital.


Great fast mexican food! Love going here when craving some taquitos at lunch, good service and fun place to go out with friends.


Had two meals here, both have been fanatastic. Service has been brilliant and friendly. Food was quick but not too quick and they gave you a nice portion of food. The interior is really beautiful and modern.