We like Wahaca in Cardiff City Centre. It’s great food in very cool surroundings and the staff are pretty amazing too.
Ancho Wings. Scrummy!
It’s an unusually sunny day in the Welsh capital as we park up in St David’s 2. Jennifer’s heading for the shops, so Jack and I make a beeline to Wahaca. There are a couple of new specials on offer, and we do like to try them when announced.
We ordered our usuals: Free Range Pork Pibil Tacos and Chargrilled Steak & Cheese for Jack are his go-tos, and we share a couple of bowls of Crispy Cauliflower Bites (I could eat them all day). I try the new specials: Ancho Chicken Wings and Spinach & Feta Tamale.
The pork and cheesy steak is always a hit. The Ancho Wings are sticky and hot, but not too hot. They’re pretty scrummy and require some extra paper napkins – there is no way to eat them without having to lick your fingers. The Spinach & Feta Tamale is lovely if a little gloopy. I’d have preferred a little less sauce. Anyway, both are a hit (especially the chicken wings – who doesn’t love wings?), and we munched away enthusiastically.
I mentioned how great the staff are earlier. Today our hostess was the lovely Jemma. She was super helpful, smiley and welcoming, a real credit to Wahaca. We got chatting and it seems she’s a budding artist. She showed us some of her paintings on her phone and she’s very, very talented. I loved her naive style – it reminded me of some South American folk art that I’m a great fan of. I mentioned religious retablos – basically paintings in small frames. I thought it would be a great way to present some of her work. She said she’d take a look. Anyway, I digress (it has been known).
Back to the food, Jack was celebrating his birthday so Wahaca gave us a free portion of crispy Churros to celebrate (much better than a cake). They’re Mexican stick shaped doughnuts with a side of chocolate sauce.
The amazing cauli bites…
You’ve probably gathered we’re not veggie but, if you are, don’t be dismayed. Wahaca offers some brilliant veggie options, so you won’t miss out on the great flavours.
So give the latest specials a try (and the cocktails), and keep an eye out for Jemma’s art. She’s definitely one to watch out for.
51-53 The Hayes
Cardiff CF10 1GA
029 2167 0414
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