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The Soho branch of this successful Mexican mini-chain.


Venue name: Wahaca
Address: 80 Wardour Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
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Wahaca is a good (and very reasonably priced) option when you crave some Mexican. 

The food is good; nothing over-the-top, but tasty. I particularly like their guacamole, which is the perfect start to every meal there. Pair it with their great hibiscus gin & tonic with cucumber, hibiscus & black pepper and you are all set!

We tend to mix and max the street food classics and always quite enjoy them. The food is served very quickly and the staff at the Soho branch is always very friendly and nice. 


Have only ever vistied this branch of Wahaca for after work drinks, downstairs in the Azulito Bar. We have always been well looked after, our arrival anticipated with a reserved area to accommodate us and ever attentive staff to ensure our experience has gone well. The cocktails I've tasted were all very tasty, though didn't appear to be all that strong. The platters always go down a treat, everyone enjoys tucking in with plenty to go round - my favourite by far were the churros which satisfied my sweet tooth.


Popped in here yesterday for some tasty treats and tacos.. Let's begin with the good! Its very big in there and there's a small chance of you not being able to nab a seat,even on its busiest day..... The customer service in this location however was awful! It took someone almost 4 minutes to even seat us yet the place was empty.

The menu is large as usual and you can choose a variety of Mexican dishes so we went for the tacos,glazed wings ,churros and fried plantains for dessert. Here's my issue. They brought my sister's drink with a rubber band in it! Yes! In the midst of her drink lay a blue thin rubber band which could've been very unforgiving if swallowed. We had to flag someone down for our food and when it came it was cold as it had been sitting on the counter for a long time.... Overall the visit was not pleasant and we found the food here very mediocre. The plus side is that its extremely inexpensive with dishes ranging from £4-8 and £12 for really huge plates.

However quantity doesn't equate to quality and in this case that statement was laid bare.


I absolutely love Wahaca, they have never failed to let me down. Serving interesting alternatives to your typical Mexican burrito, this place sets the scene for a perfect night out with friends. As there is such a selection to choose from, we usually select a few different things from the menu and share them between us. Most of the dishes are tapas style sizes and are ideal for sharing. We usually get a few cocktails, however I always have the ‘horchata’ drink with my meal, which is a rice based almond drink with cinnamon and is perfect to wash away the burn after some spice. The overall price is fairly average and the staff are super attentive and on hand to talk you through the menu, should you need assistance. Definitely worth a visit!


Top Tip: If you're out and about in Soho looking to get a drink but also escape the huge crowds at the bar, head to Wahaca Soho. Sure they have tasty Mexican food, but downstairs at the Soho outlet there's also a big bar that's usually less than half full, with table football and cocktails too!

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 We went for a team dinner just a few days after they reopened. I was gladly surprised that most of the spicy meals I ordered were not very spicy as I don't like very spicy food that removes the actual flavour. Staff were very friendly and were not surprised when we asked for the bill to be paid by Flypay. Will definitely go back again with my girlfriend to have her try some (kind of) Mexican food.

Food dirty and delicious. Venue ok, service also ok. Its a good value spot for a pseudo-taste of some aspects of Mexican cooking. If you are after good grub give it a go

I went there at lunch time last month and I ordered 3 dishes from the Street Food Menu` which were Cactus Taco, MSC Ceviche and Chipotle Chicken. I am a virgin when it comes to Mexican food. I have never been inspired by the American chain in the past but now it has all changed and I thought I will give it a try. Nice decor and cool toilets. I didn’t t realize that they would bring all the dishes at the same time as I thought the warm one might get cold but it didn’t. I started off with the prawn one. It was quite delicious but I soon realized that what was delicious was the marinate not the prawns, completely tasteless and watery. You know when you put frozen prawn in water they will eventually defrost but you need to squeeze them a little bit otherwise you are left with what I experienced. It is all very well that the fish is environmentally sustainable but what about the flavour? The next one, the cactus taco was not too bad with good texture but I was not very impressed. Lots of chilli sauce that I had to wipe off with a napkin that I nicked from next table because my one was already full of sauce. The Chipotle Chicken was more to my taste with a lot of cheese which at times could be overpowering. Fortunately I started with the least flavoursome dish first increasing to more interesting flavours later. Had it been the other way round I would not considering returning. I also had a Citrus Fizz - very pleasant. Overall I think it was a good experience and I want to go back to try different dishes. One last thing, when they give you the bill, they also give you something that for a moment without my glasses resembled a book of matches and I thought that it was a bit weird, why would they give you matches? Do they want to encourage you to smoke? Soon after I realised that they were chilli seeds to be planted. That made me smile, I thought it was cute.