Forget bangers and mash at your local pub, the next big thing for hipsters in London is pop-up restaurants – and I popped into Wahaca, the latest Mexican craze that is quite literally on everybody’s lips.
It was also a reunion with friends not seen in 3 years which may have added to the magic of the place, but in 8 shipping containers at Southbank configured together 2 stories high, the latest Wahaca has made its home for 18 months before it will move somewhere else.
The place was packed as 8 of us squeezed around a table at one end on the 2nd floor and ordered cocktails all round. They have an extensive margarita list but I opted for the mojito with mint, lime and apples (£6.95) and we shared a few starters of tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole. They specialise in “street food” which is the scary sounding name for quick and easy meals you’d find at little restaurants and bistros around the world. Local, tasty, easy and simple.
Here it means a list of small plates and some larger ones, all that can be shared. I went for the 3 slow-cooked pulled pork tacos (£3.95) and the black bean quesadilla (£3.60). The tiny pork in soft tacos were the highlight of the night. That and the company, of course.