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Restaurant Review: Wahaca on London’s Southbank.

Wahaca

Serving a real slice of Mexican cuisine on London’s Southbank with a take-away Food Van just by the River Thames and a sit-down restaurant /bar area up the side of the building in large metal containers. It is a novel use of these huge (8) metal shipping containers /crates which you appreciate if you sit upstairs (or visit the toilets). It has views looking back across London and the River Thames and a view of the side of Hungerford Bridge depending on which direction you’re facing but bench style seating with small areas for larger parties, its quite a large restaurant which makes use of the quirky space.

The waiter was quick to hand me regular menus and upon request my own GLUTEN FREE menu was given. The waiting staff are very keen to tell you about the different Mexican ranges on offer and talk through the extensive drinks menu (and I did notice a lot of them were inked! It must be the fashion these days!) The GLUTEN FREE Menu is laid out similarly to the regular menu although there are quite a lot of dishes not on offer (such as the Quesadillas) but there is still a lot of choice.

GF Menu

gluten free menu WAHACA_JUNE_2013

As I am not a huge spicy fan, I avoided anything that was marked HOT or VERY HOT and opted for milder dishes.

Fresh Tomato Salsa & Cooked Tortilla Chips

Fresh Tomato Salsa & Cooked Tortilla Chips

A fresh tasting salsa which had mild chilli kick to it and the refreshing herbs. The chips were great although a lot of broken bits at the bottom!

Street Food: Grilled British Steak Corn taco with Chipotle Salsa

Street Food: Grilled British Steak Corn taco with Chipotle Salsa

These soft corn tacos were filled with beautiful tender meat, the salsa including sharp red onions and warming guacamole. I did find these very spicy but being quite small bite size portions, these could be enjoyed and not burn too much!

Salad: Corn & Bean: Mixed salad leaves tossed with dried avocado and corn and bean salsa topped with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds

Salad: Corn & Bean: Mixed salad leaves tossed with dried avocado and corn and bean salsa topped with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds

A delicious salad: lovely apart from the avocado which I picked out and left (unless it is disguised like chocolate, than I don’t like them!). The soft feta added a velvet texture to the salad with crunchy pumpkin seeds and the lovely beans and sweetcorn. I really enjoyed this nutritious dish.

Another Side: Sweet potatoes: Crispy fried chunks of sweet potato dressed with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo

Another Side: Sweet potatoes: Crispy fried chunks of sweet potato dressed with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo

I had to check with the waiter as to the expected heat from this lovely sounding dish and he reassured us it was a warm heat (smoky) and not spicy. He was right: a great savoury dish with the right balance between the hot spicy flavour of the dressing with the beautiful natural sweetness of the potatoes. This was a small but complete dish!

There is a young pre-theatre crowd in the restaurant when we visited and found it busy with a good friendly atmosphere. It is close to the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye, and probably popular for tourists although the Food Van might distract some people from venturing up the concrete stairs.

It was a spicy meal but such a tasty and delicious heat with well-flavoured GLUTEN FREE dishes. I was impressed by the breadth of choice and look forward to returning to try some other dishes.

Other restaurants close by and chains with a Southbank location reviewed on my blog include Canteen, Giraffe, GBK, Pizza Express (including the Summer Menu pizza ).

 

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