The Wahaca Southbank Experiment is a pop-up version of the popular Mexican street food restaurant set up next to the Southbank Centre at Waterloo. This is the base for the new development kitchen, which comes up with exciting new recipes for the main branches. Wahaca is built from eight recycled shipping containers, apparently to remind diners of the working history of the river, which creates a two storey overhanging structure.

The inside is composed of a mixture of recycled and new furniture, which gives each area of the restaurant a different vibe. Although temporary, Wahaca is open for at least the next 18 months and it is clear to see why the restaurant is in possession of a Sustainable Restaurant Association award.

Other eye grabbing dishes include the Cactus Taco, grilled cactus with courgette and cheese…

Wahaca is the ultimate place for sharing. A selection of 2-3 dishes per person is normally recommended. We had the Wahaca selection for two, which included 3 Pork Pibil Tacos, 1 large Broad Bean Quesadilla, 3 Chicken Tinga Tacos, 2 Black Bean Tostadas and 2 New Potato Toquitos with Wahaca Slaw. The Pork Pibil is slow cooked and deliciously marinated in a sweet and sticky BBQ sauce. The Chicken Tingas are for those who like spice; topped with extra-hot chipotle adabo they create definite warmth in the mouth.

The Quesadilla, filled with crushed new potatoes, broad beans, feta and mint, is a fusion of delicious flavours and the Tostadas, flat and piled high with re-fried beans and avocado salsa, are a must-have accompaniment. Other eye grabbing dishes include the Cactus Taco, grilled cactus with courgette and cheese, a definite try for next time.

Wahaca’s Tequilas, 100% blue agave, are meant for sipping…

We washed all of this food down, in traditional style, with Coronas stuffed with limes. With its vibrant neon colours, graffiti artist decor and amazing view of the river, Wahaca is the ideal location to sit, drink and watch the world go by. And while there, it seems a no-brainer to test out the Tequila bar.

Wahaca’s Tequilas, 100% blue agave, are meant for sipping and come with hints of citrus, apples, grapefruit, spices, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. If that isn’t enough to lure you to the South bank… I’m not sure what is!

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