Prior to lockdown we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Wahaca, Cardiff. We loved everything about it; the food, décor, vibe, service – everything (see our review here).
Now that we’re in another lockdown, we’ve been having the odd takeaway. We’re not massive takeaway people (maybe the odd Indian as it’s just down the road from us) as we prefer to go out as a family, turn off the phones and enjoy our time together. We also like supporting independent businesses where we can. I know Wahaca can be found in many cities, but it still feels like an independent.
Mark and I will eat most things but Jack, our 21-year-old, is a tougher nut to crack. He likes what he likes and tends to stick to the same old-same old. So, we were delighted when we took him to try Wahaca and he loved it!
Now that we’re in yet another lockdown, we thought we’d give Wahaca’s Mexi-Go takeaway a try.
I had a look at their menu online and put a few of our favourites together. Both aren’t huge veg lovers, so I was surprised when they both loved the crispy cauliflower bites on our last visit so that was definitely going to be on the order. Here’s what we ordered.
Sustainable Battered Fish
Crispy cauliflower bites x 2
Cheese and chilli croquetas
Grilled Club Chicken
Slow cooked beef brisket
Sweet Potato Bravas
Chocolate and pecan brownie
We placed our order and agreed a day and time to pick it up. When we arrived, we were greeted by a staff member who seemed genuinely pleased to see us (not always the case with some venues!). Everything was Covid friendly and, as soon as our order was ready, it was packed up in bags for us to take home.
As we had about a thirty-minute journey home, the food, as you can imagine, wasn’t as hot as needed, but a quick blast in the microwave sorted that out.
As it’s Veganuary, I deliberately wanted to try something vegan and wasn’t disappointed with the veggie halloumi taco which consisted of two soft corn tortillas packed with grilled halloumi, then topped with fresh tomatillo and pineapple salsa with crunchy slaw. It was delicious. Other options were vegan nachos, vegan black bean quesadillas and vegan enchiladas made using the yummy @violife_foods’cheese. There were lots of vegetarian options too. Everything was as tasty as we remembered on our last visit. Wahaca certainly know a thing about putting flavours together.
To wash it all down we had a couple of bottles of Lucky Saint lager and organic Gingerella ginger ale.
A nice touch was the addition of a couple of packets of chilli seeds in our bags.
There’s nothing like actually sitting in the restaurant to enjoy a meal with all of that has to offer but for now, while lockdown is still in place, a takeaway might just do the trick.
If you would like to rustle up a few of the dishes yourself, then you can pick up a copy of the book by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of the award-winning Wahaca either from one of the restaurants or through or at your local bookshop.
To book your meal you can go through Deliveroo (https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/cardiff/cardiff-city-centre/wahaca-cardiff) or Click & Collect through the restaurant.
51-53 The Hayes
Cardiff CF10 1GA
029 2167 0414
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