Masterchef was one of the few things that kept me sane during the exam season - it was an escape of sorts, a reminder that there was life outside the numbers and formulae. I discovered Wahaca last summer, way before I had begun seeking solace in those episodes of Masterchef. Back then, it didn't mean very much to me that Wahaca belonged to Thomasina Miers, winner of Masterchef UK 2005. I did however, understand the phrase "slow-cooked-pork" and really, that was all I needed to know about the place.
Wahaca (Canary Wharf)
Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square,
Canary Wharf, London,
Vibrant. That was the first thing that came to mind on my first visit to the Canary Wharf outlet. The interior is simultaneously colourful and laidback - smaller tables by the floor-to-ceiling windows that sport beaded "curtains" and a section with larger, higher tables that are reminsicent of a school tuckshop.
The Slow-cooked Pork Burrito, the dish that got me there in the first place. It came highly recommended by a fellow summer intern and she was spot on with her recommendation. It's a hugely satisfying meal, one I'd highly recommend myself. If you're more of a beef person, the British Steak Burrito is an excellent alternative - it's always a hit with the boys.
For the fickle minded, there's the Wahaca Selection, smaller portions of a variety of their favourites to share.
Black Bean Tostadas
Pork Pibil Tacos
Chicken Tinga Tacos
The Canary Wharf outlet also has a bar area on the second floor, a small, cozy area offering some impressive views of Canary Wharf. It's a great place for an after work (or after dinner) cocktail with friends, especially in the summer when the weather is kind enough to let you to take your drink out to the open-air balcony. The place serves up some pretty good tequila-based cocktails - the hibiscus inspired ones are always a crowd pleaser though if you're looking for something a little more exciting, give the tamarind margharita a go.
Prices are decent, considering the location and the fact that it's got some Masterchef novelty attached to it - definitely worth a visit.