Sunday, 21 February 2016

Review: Wahaca, Liverpool One


For our 6th anniversary, Dave and I had originally planned to go to Nando’s. I know, I know – it’s hardly a romantic spot, but I am easy to please when it comes to date nights. Of course we forgot it was half term, and when we got there it was full of children and teenagers. The wait for a table was around half an hour, and I wasn’t prepared to sit in the cold for half an hour before having chicken and chips. No thanks.


We were then stuck trying to find somewhere that was cheap, decent, and not heaving with people. We wandered around in the wind and rain for a good twenty minutes before we stumbled upon Wahaca.

Wahaca was founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers in 2007. Since then, she has expanded wildly and now has twenty-one branches of the popular Mexican restaurant, the Liverpool one opening in November 2015. According to their website, Wahaca tries to “balance healthy eating with hearty eating”, with food full of essential minerals and protein, gluten-free corn tortillas and salsas that are packed with the vitamins that fresh vegetables naturally provide.



When we entered, we were immediately greeted by our server Chris. He seated us and talked us through the extensive menu. Chris was great. He was super friendly and was very attentive without being overbearing. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fabulous. The staff were all friendly and welcoming, the music wasn’t too loud, and it wasn’t stupidly dark like a lot of other restaurants in the City Centre. I adore Mexican food, so I was really excited. The menus are big paper sheets laid out on the table, and when Chris took our order, he circled everything we ordered and wrote our table number down. Marking your order is such a good idea. I’m really forgetful, so I liked that we could see exactly what we’ve ordered, and there’s no miscommunication so we didn’t end up with the wrong food.

We went for the street food approach and ordered five dishes to share. We went for Tender marinated chicken taquitos, a Chorizo and potato quesadilla, two Smoky chipotle chicken quesadillas, and Pig Cheek carnitas tacos. We’re both terrible for over ordering, but this really hit the spot. Wahaca nails the quality and the quantity. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious. I have absolutely no criticism for the food, it was amazing! Wahaca’s a nice, relaxed restaurant, perfect for date nights and it's very reasonably priced (came to £30 for the two of us for five dishes and three drinks).
One thing I was really stupidly impressed with was the Wahaca Quick pay app. It’s available to download on Apple and Android phones, and it’s a quick alternative to flagging anyone down for the bill. All you do is download the app, tap “Pay Your Bill”, find your restaurant and enter your table number. You’re then brought to your bill total, which you can either pay in full with your card, or split with friends either equally or by individual items, and add a tip for your server.  It is THAT EASY. It’s much more secure than contactless payment, and takes a lot less time than having to fiddle around working out what people owe, and having to wait to get your bill.

Sorry that there aren't more photos, I got a bit swept up in enjoying our anniversary! There's also a rooftop bar that we didn't get to experience because it's February and cold as tits!

I will definitely be going back, probably quite soon, to sample more of their heavenly menu. Wahaca is a great addition to the myriad of restaurants in the City Centre.



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