It’s incredibly difficult not to fall in love with Mexico, especially if you are a sun seeker and a food lover alike. If you’re planning to sweep your family away this Summer make sure you sample the best dishes and flavours the country has to offer.
If you’re strapped for cash, you can still enjoy a delicious Mexican meal here in London without having to splash your whole salary on a holiday. Wahaca is a vibrant Mexican restaurant with a quirky decor and a cheerful atmosphere, serving delicious food at purse-friendly prices.
We were invited to sample their new Spring specials a few weeks back – the slow cooked lamb shoulder, £5.95 and the crispy prawn, £4,95. Although I love food, to my disbelief (read shame) I never had Mexican food.
If you’re eating Mexican food for the first time, be prepared to get a bit messy – you will eat a lot with your fingers, and the food might fall apart or drip sauces if you’re not used to eating tacos or other dishes.
Guacamole is undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most popular dishes and personally my favourite – made from mashed avocadoes, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice and chilli peppers, served with tortilla chips. Yum!
This year is officially the year of the taco – think soft tortillas stuffed with crispy prawns, served with a fresh tomato salsa and chipotle mayo. Or mouth-watering lamb shoulder cooked until falling apart and served in a soft corn tortilla with crisp slaw. A real treat!
And for the main course, I recommend the steak, cooked in a Mexican style. The meat is marinated overnight in a smoky Pasilla de Oaxacca rub (not too spicy) and served medium rare with green rice and smoky chipotle salsa.
Between the lively atmosphere and the scrumptious food, eating Mexican is quite a fun experience, easy for first-timers, as long as you don’t mind possibly getting a bit messy. The menu is quite simple and tends to be fairly standard across most restaurants, so once you know what’s what, you should be comfortable enough to walk into any Mexican restaurant.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy Wahaca as much as I did, and your first time eating Mexican food won’t be your last.