Wahaca – Mexican fast food done well

Lunch cannot always be a three-hour booze-fuelled frenzy of food, alas. However, just because you have to be quick does not mean you should skimp on quality. For a speedy lunch the Mexican street food at Wahaca will hit the spot perfectly.

We visited the Chandos Place branch which is a busy, bustling cellar. Even though it was pretty full it was not too loud, which was pleasing. The place mats are menus and we liked the idea of the street food selections, the idea being that you chose 2-3 small plates each and share them with your dining companions.

We had five dishes plus some nachos with salsa for general grazing. They were all cooked with skill and arrived quickly. The dish we strongly suggest you get is the pork pibil taco, the pork was properly flavoursome and delicious. One thing that surprised me is that even the dishes marked as being spicy were not that chilli-powered; everything was pleasingly relaxed in that regard.

Our meal came to £30 including a couple of beers, we felt full and that we had done well. In and out in 40 minutes, too, great for the employed-types.

Locations, menu and all that kind of stuff are on their website.