Lunch review: Wahaca
College Lane, Liverpool
Review by Liam Deveney
With no siesta factored into the average working day, a heavy lunch can have a detrimental effect on both concentration and performance.
Thankfully, the region’s businessmen and women can now enjoy a midday menu which doesn’t render you unproductive and may even improve your mood in the second half of the day.
Wahaca, a Mexican market eating chain with restaurants throughout the UK, has challenged itself from day one ‘to minimise the environmental impact caused… and learned how to build sustainability into every element of its restaurants’.
The eatery enjoys a prime location on College Lane in Liverpool ONE’s shopping area, which is a mere five-minute walk from both the traditional commercial district around Water Street and the ever-expanding Baltic Triangle business area.
Our waiter, Josh, showed us to a window table and was extremely helpful and attentive throughout our stay. Sadly, the poor weather prevented us from dining at the rooftop bar which is sure to be a massive hit during the summer months.
The menu offers a variety of dishes to suit all palates but we opted for street food – tapas style dishes perfect for sharing – washed down with a bottle of traditional Mexican beer (Pacifico Clara, £4).
My dining partner chose grilled British steak tacos (£4.65), chorizo and potato quesadillas (£4.35) and marinated chicken taquitos (£4.45); whereas I opted for pork pibil tacos (£4.30), huitlacoche empanados (£4.60) and sweet potato and feta taquitos (£4.15).
Two dishes each would probably have sufficed from a menu which contains only locally-sourced ingredients all cooked daily on the premises.
Each dish was tasty, light and cooked to perfection but we both agreed the huitlacoche empanados – crispy pastry parcels stuffed with mushrooms, truffley Mexican corn and melted cheese – was a true delight to behold.
Despite being lost in a Mexican culinary dream, I managed to retain enough self-control to test the Wi-Fi speed – typically, satisfaction was guaranteed.
I was not only able to send and receive emails but the power sockets under many of the tables meant my laptop had an easily-accessible power source if required.
Thankfully, due to the lightness of the food, my dining partner and I were able to make a selection from the dessert menu. I (wisely) opted for churros y chocolate (Mexican doughnuts, £4.25) with my plus one picking the chocolate brownie (£5.50).
It came as no surprise that we were both delighted with our choices and it was the perfect end to a most pleasurable experience.
Those in a rush to get back to the office can also pay the bill via the Wahaca QuickPay app – which can save valuable minutes for even the most time-sensitive diners.
It was impossible to find fault in Wahaca, a chain which somehow manages to retain a personal touch: your reviewer’s recommendation could not get any higher.