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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marina diamonds baroque
Mix a little Hoxton Gin with a lot of great music and, thank my lucky stars, you have last night’s delightful debauchery. As previously mentioned, I was invited to Baroque – the new luxury champagne lounge and live music venue – to see Marina and the Diamonds perform six tracks (including her new single ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’) while shimmying around in two stunning Hasan Hejazi dresses created in honour of the evening. Intermingled with the effects of a few Hoxton Mojito and Hoxton Clover cocktails, it was an unforgettable evening.

Marina said, “I’m so happy to be at Baroque tonight. Hasan was inspired by the venue so it’s called the baroque dress. I always prefer performing in smaller venues as its more personal and I can connect with my audience. So tonight has been perfect!”