What is Wahaca?
Specialising in Mexican Street food for over 10 years, Wahaca brings a slice of Mexico to rainy Manchester. We recently checked the place out to see what they had to offer.
Have you been to Wahaca Before?
Indeed we have in 2017! Sadly neither of us was that impressed on our first visit, due to a lack of veggie and vegan options. To be honest, I was unsure if I wanted to try Wahaca again. Thank god things have changed for the better this year!
How has Wahaca upped its game?
Wahaca have finally got round to adding some much-needed veggie and vegan options to the menu! New for 2018 is a full vegan menu and its one of the best we’ve seen for a while. It includes the usual nibbles and ‘bigger food’ – mains to you and me – along with a sizeable street food selection, perfectly sized small plates great for sharing or as a starter.
To give Wahaca a fair and just review we decided to order a bit of everything on the menu … 🙂
What were your favourite dishes?
Out of everything we tried our go-to dish would have to be the Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, a veggie option stuffed with smoky black beans and avocado. Whilst not the most instagramable dish on the night it was by far the most delish. If you order some for your group they will not last long!
For those following a vegetarian diet, I’d recommend you try the Sweet Potato & Feta Taquito (a rolled up tortilla if you’ve never heard of it) – Roast sweet potato, feta & caramelised onion wrapped in a crispy blue corn tortilla with salsas & chipotle mayo. Super tasty and an absolute bargain at just £4.50!
We both loved the Wild mushroom empanadas stuffed with Chestnut & porcini mushrooms and cheese in a crispy pastry. Served along with a with a green salsa these will be a sure winner – make sure you try them out!
We were also fans of a few of the vegan sides too and whilst they may not be the most exciting options on the menu, I couldn’t keep my hands off them! This includes the crispy sweet potato cubes…
… and Chargrilled tender stem broccoli. Both great sides to add to your order!
Any dish you’d not order again?
Whilst I’m sure some people would like it the Roast winter Vegetables with hummus (featured on the vegan menu) was not for me – serving cauliflower & cherry tomato inside/on top of a large dollop of hummus did not work. But hey if you love hummus with everything fill your boots!
Anything you’d like to change about the Wahaca experience?
There’s no getting around the fact that Wahaca is a chain and whilst the food is a little more authentic than some of the other options in town it’s clear to see they’ve had to take a little of the spice out of some dishes to cater for a mass market. A section containing a few spicer options would be a great addition and would cater to those feeling a little adventurous. Get it sorted Wahaca!
- If you are ordering from the small plates menu go for 3 dishes per person. If you just want a snack with a drink or two one dish should be more than enough.
- Wahaca do regular drinks offers throughout the year – best to ask your server when you get there 🙂
- If you were a fan of their recent Taco Tuesday promotion be warned – this offer has finished, for now at least. Keep your eyes peeled on their Twitter and Facebook accounts for more updates.
What is Wahaca great for?
For those looking for crowding pleasing Mexican dishes, Wahaca is a great option. Whether it’s post-shopping spree or a pre-big night out feast, Wahaca should satisfy veggies & vegans alike.
Where is Wahaca?
Wahaca is located in the Corn Exchange just across the road from the Print Works. Recently renovated, it’s home to the likes of Mowgli, Pho and Vapiano.
In 2017 I wouldn’t of dreamed of recommending this place. Now I would have no hesitation.
The Corn Exchange, Exchange St, Manchester M4 3TR