wahaca southbank
If you want to pique interest in your restaurant chain, I believe building build a branch out of eight shipping containers and setting it next to the River Thames will get the job done. London’s Wahaca – who have done exactly that – may serve the closest thing to the midwest Mexican that I grew up on but their location at the Southbank Centre is a world apart.

On a sunny day, Wahaca’s Southbank Experiment practically sizzles with that Good Time Feeling; even the waitstaff (hi, Dan!) seem to be hosting a party, rather than running themselves ragged to cater to all areas of the bustling shipping containers.

To do Wahaca justice, you have to start with a Bloody Maria (Tequila, Orange, pomegranate & tomato sangrita) or Hibiscus Mojito (Tequila, Mint, lime & hibiscus) cocktail, get your inner fiesta on, and choose all of the tapas-style dishes your heart desires.

On last week’s escapade, we settled on burritos, tacos, taquitos, and crispy fried chunks of sweet potato dressed with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo (a must). Though every plate was close o being licked clean, the overall highlights were the pork pibil tacos (slow cooked in their special Yucatecan marinade with fiery pickled onions) and a cactus and courgette burrito (sautéed courgette, cactus and new potato, layered with feta, a double dose of red salsa, frijoles, cabbage, and green rice).

Foolishly opting for dessert, we tried to share a caramel blondie tart (a dream for anyone who loves a little dulce de leche) and a brownie-esque chocolate tres leches cake topped with a scoop of peanut butter ice-cream. We failed. Our bellies thanked us.

Si ya no te ama Wahaca, le encantará Wahaca.

wahaca southbank
wahaca southbank
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The Ship London
When I lived in a central point between Wandsworth/Clapham/Battersea, my favourite place to eat in the area was The Ship. Technically, it is a pub on the River Thames, and when my brother first suggested it as a venue for a dinner, I was less than impressed. Pub food – by general standards – is bile.

The Ship is an exception. As part of the wave of sublime gastropubs in the city, the food at The Ship wouldn’t disappoint the foodiest of foodies. Led by Head Chef Shaun Harrington, a choice menu of incredibly fresh and moreish food is cooked in an open kitchen, and can be delivered to either the bar or restaurant area.

Last week, The Manfriend and I took a slightly inconvenient turn from our regular stomping grounds to delve back into the menu. As it was over a year since our last visit, we planned to devour everything and anything put in front of us.

By God, it was a challenge. To share between us, we had:

  • Champagne (of course)
  • Seared Scallops with Fennel Puree, Crisped Fennel, Garlic Chive
  • A chorizo-stuffed squid starter
  • 300g Chargrilled Sirloin Steak, Braised Shallots, Watercress, Hand Cut Chips
  • Braised Pork Belly, Caramelised White Cabbage, Fondant Potato, Bacon and Herb Dumpling
  • Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Warm Egg Custard
  • Melting Chocolate Fondant, Vanilla Ice Cream

…and not a single portion size was modest. An absolutely delectable feast (and food coma, to boot). The Ship is a ‘must visit’.

See photos, below!
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