Take an iconic site, 8 shipping containers, helpful staff and Mark Selby’s experimental idea and you get Wahaca’s newest Mexican restaurant.

This ambitious, pop up Mexican street food, restaurant at the Southbank Centre is designed in keeping with Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World theme.  Perched on the terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, boasting unbeatable views over the Thames.

 The restaurant is arranged on a 2 storey overhanging structure, allowing space for 130 diners, a bar terrace with plenty of outdoor seating –weather permitting.

 Inside it is bright, contemporary and long! You know you are in an unusual space but its fun and works well. You do need to be slim to work here as the tables are quite tightly placed but not a problem for the customer. Our waitress was lovely, very helpful explaining the menu, portions and heat of the food. The Guacamole was the best we have eaten and dipping into it whilst sipping Hibiscus (intense cranberryflavour) cocktail was a great way to start the meal.

 We decided on “Street food” choosing 5 dishes to share giving us an enjoyable way to try out the selection of Wahaca’s experimental menu. We tried Chicken Tinga Tacos,  Lancashire cheese and fresh tomato salsa Taquitos & Black beans & cheese Quesadillas with a Mixed salad.  Great flavours, really fresh ingredients and spicy.

 Wahaca take sustainability seriously and pays attention to local sourcing Its taken 5 years to create this pop up lets hope it stays at least as long. Thoroughly recommended. www.wahaca.co.uk

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