- 3 Pork Pibil Tacos
- 3 Seasonal Vegetable Tacos
- 2 Huitlacoche Quesadillas
- 2 Herring Tostadas
- 2 Chicken Taquitos
- Green rice with black beans
Cost for grown ups: around £15 per head plus service
Cost of Ted’s meal: around £9 including a soft drink (my husband ate half of his dessert)
Free parking is available for 3 hours at weekends in Canary Wharf’s shopping centre. You must spend over £10 in one of the site’s shops or restaurants and ask for a parking token. A tip – if you forget to ask the restaurant for your parking token, the Waitrose customer service desk downstairs is very understanding! Find further information for families at www.mycanarywharf.com
If making a day of it, you can park for around 5-6 hours for £3.50. The shopping centre is blissfully quiet at weekends (although Waitrose sadly isn’t) and you can also take a short walk to the Museum of London in Docklands or pick up a Thames Clipper to Greenwich. Or get dragged, like us, onto a DLR train to Lewisham. All equally good fun.
I heart cupcakes says
I really liked this branch of Wahaca when I visited and the Pork Pibil Tacos are lovely, actually all the food we had was. We went on a Saturday afternoon to this branch and there were lots of families eating there. It was also a really welcoming place to eat – the staff were friendly and helpful and gave my husband the option to try some mole sauce pre ordering when he mentioned he wanted to try it but wasn't sure if he'd like it.
I recommend the churros for pud (you knew I'd say that didn't you!) and also if you're after a more grown up desert the tequila hot chocolate is divine!
I love Wahaca – I've only eaten there twice but utterly enjoyed both my visits. I love the pork pibil tacos! 🙂 Other ones I really like are the fish tacos, the mole taco (I think, I only remember there was mole in it) and the pork scratchings with guacamole. The pork scratchings sound icky but are amazingly good (and light!). I would buy a whole packet of them to snack on if they sold them… 😛 I dread to think what would happen to my weight if that became a reality though.
An Open Book says
i visited Wahaca in Feb and was thoroughly disappointed…i ahd major expectations, but was let down..i wrote a review about it on my blog and also on this other site where i submit reviews (its here if you are interested http://www.foodforfriendsyeah.co.uk/2010/02/28/wahaca/) ..and they forwarded it to Wahaca and I'm hoping they took into consideration the issues we had…
the pork pibil was the only thing i really enjoyed..m glad u had a nice time, im so tempted to give it another shot, but not too sure at the moment.
Gourmet Chick says
I had the Wahaca selection when I ate there as well – I can't comment on the kid friendly aspects of the place but I did think the food was just ok on my visit – sort of Mexican lite.
Deer Baby says
I'm obviously out of touch – I've never even heard of Wahaca. Where have I been?? Niether myself nor the children are massive fans of anything hot so it would have to be really mild for me but it looks well presented and good portions. But what really won me over was the colouring! That's what I call colouring. Maybe I'll give it a try next time I'm at Westfield. Excellent review, Sarah. As always.
I go to Canary Wharf every week day for work and it is really nice to read about it and see its 'humane' side -I will call it. i have had one meal at Wahaca canary wharf and it was really lovely. Tasty food, friendly atmosphere and did not cost an arm and a leg.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Heh heh, five comments straight away tonight, you guys obviously aren't watching the football!!
@iheartcupcakes You know, I only had churros for first time at Taste of Spain, I would definitely choose them now.
@su-yin The name "mole" always makes me laugh. Can only think of moles.
@openbook That's a shame, but as I just commented on your post, I probably don't know enough about Mexican food to know any different. I just found that it felt a much lighter and fresher meal than I would get if I walked into GBK or Strada.
@gourmetchick As I say to openbook, I can't say I've had authentic Mexican food, only Tex mex rubbish so I found it very appealing.
@deerbaby There are only 3 branches in London so I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. Thanks for compliment! x
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
@valentina I know what you mean about a side of Canary Wharf that might not be "humane" as you say. But I am a real sucker for these squeaky clean places with no rubbish and grafitti. It's the closest we get to Monaco!!
Jeanne @ CookSister! says
I love Wahaca – especially the pork pibil!! And we won't even go into the churros… :o) So evil they're good!
Hi Sarah, I have been to Wahaca in Westfield with my Texan friends and they said it was pretty good Mexican for London–they said that in their five years in London they had never had any really authentic Mexican but that Wahaca was pretty good. I just thought it was tasty!
At the end of the meal I asked to take home one of the tiny plastic spoons that were part of something we had for dessert. I thought it might be a nice photography prop; the waitress looked a little alarmed but said yes in the end after I left a generous tip. 🙂
In response to your comments on my post, I am just about to make a new light box. When I moved I threw away the old cardboard box and just kept the diffusion paper. This time I think I'll put openings covered with diffusion paper on the left and right side panels as well, so I can use side lighting. And I plan to cut away the bottom of the box, so I can set the box down on an interesting surface. I'll definitely report how it goes.
I wonder about Picasa–do you export to there because then you blog using those pictures? I usually just export from iPhoto to my desktop and then upload into Blogger using the Blogger post editor. Do you think there is a benefit to using Picasa as an intermediate step? I am curious about all kinds of organising questions like this.
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Aww Ted is such a cutie! 😀 And my friends have kids and they're always hugely relieved to find a place that accommodates the kids and in turn they relax more which is great 🙂
Kitchen Butterfly says
I loved Thomasina in Masterchef…and am proud of her taking her abilities to the fullest. Glad it was a fun day out
I've been to Wahaca a few times and it keeps this California girl going in a pinch when I'm craving Mexican. I've got a collection of California expats craving Mexican all the time so I usually do a Mexican dinner at home once every two months – if you want to try some authentic (I've smuggled lots of spices from home) stuff let me know and I'll have you over.
Your dinner companion is so well-behaved! Cute too!
Fresh Local and Best says
Gosh! I used to stop by at Canary Wharf with friends who worked in the area. The Mexican food looks pretty authentic, and delicious.
faithy, the baker says
Your little boy is soo cute! btw, that strawberry decor you were asking me , they are gummy candy. If you like some, i can send a bottle to you. 😀 let me know.
Sounds like a great success, all in all – hurrah for Wahaca!
oh fantastic! We love the food at Wahaca but the Covent Garden one is just impossible to get into without an hour-long queue (and no reservations!). I didn't know the Canary Wharf one existed – it's way quicker for us to get to, too. thanks for the review!
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
@jeanne I had churros for the first time at Taste of Spain and I'm addicted!
@sarah I had the same feeling about those spoons but didn't dare ask/steal one. I bought some similar ones on holiday which I will shortly feature in a post devoted to props. Re Picasa, I am using Blogger in Draft dashboard rather than classic Blogger dashboard which allows you to upload pics direct from Picasa albums.
@lorraine I know what you mean, it's less of a problem now that Ted eats proper food and sits on normal chairs!
@kitchenbutterfly It's worth a visit next time you are in the UK
@gastro That's very generous of you, I may take you up on that 🙂
@freshlocalbest It's a cool place to work and has some good places to eat – Wahaca is a great addition to the area
@faithy Aw that's sweet but I couldn't want to put you to any trouble, I'm sure I'd find them here if I looked properly
@aforkful I really enjoyed it!
@melissa Canary Wharf is very very quiet at weekends. I love it.
Pork Scratchings says
Ah! I love all dishes. I am so keen to taste them all.