Restaurants, Mexican Stratford
This steadily expanding chain made its debut in Covent Garden in 2007. It gets many things right. Dishes are to share, but also offered in large-plate versions (platos fuertes) for times when gourmet shades into gourmand, and close attention is paid to sourcing. Neither guacamole with pork scratchings nor pork pibil tacos tend to last long, and the Michelada (a hangover-trouncing beer concoction with lime and spicy tomato juice) verges on the addictive. The decor is cheerfully ad hoc, creating a relaxed feel. The downsides flow from these strengths: relaxed can drift into inattentive (on a recent visit, our waiter completely forgot one dish – but having finally delivered it, rectified his error by chalking it off the bill); and replacing imported Mexican ingredients with British alternatives (cheddar in the black bean and cheese quesadilla, crumbly lancashire cheese in the black bean tostada and grilled corn) is apt to demonstrate the superiority of the originals. Most seating at this branch is in a well at the centre, but the rest of the set-up emulates other outlets – down to the grow-your-own chilli seeds handed out with the bill.


Venue name: Wahaca
Address: 6 Chestnut Plaza
E20 1GL
Cross street: Westfield Stratford City
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Stratford tube/rail/DLR
Price: Main courses £6-£10
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I could eat at Wahaca everyday! The food is not traditional mexican food but has great British twists to it, turning out to be a mouthwatering hit! The portions are small and made for sharing but to be honest you won't want to share once you've tasted them! There are plenty of options for vegetarians and the staff are very friendly taking their time to explain the menu to you! I had such a great experience here and definitely recommend it! However, a word of warning; the hot sauce is fire! Great if you love chilli though! :D

My favourite part was they offer you free chilli seeds to take home when you pay the bill! Just brilliant! I planted these seeds and now after a few weeks I have green chillies growing in my garden! Try it too! :) 


I’ve wanted to go to Wahaca for quite some time now and my first visit wasn’t a disappointment.We went for Wahaca selection and were not disappointed - the food was great and most of the dishes were lovely. However, some dishes, such as the take on the Caesar Salad weren’t as good and I think let the menu down.The selection menu is good value for money and a great introduction to those who are new to Wahaca.It does get very busy, especially if there is an event on at the Olympic Stadium and you can’t unfortunately book in advance.The service can also be a bit hit and miss when they are busy.