Watch out for Wonderful Wahaca at Westfield (Stratford)

17 Oct 2020

When was the last time you went shopping? For real I mean, not a quick ASOS purchase because they had 20% off? I don’t know about you but whenever I go to the likes of Bluewater or Westfield, my favourite part is when we stop to eat! After all the walking round each level of shops, I think you deserve a nice good meal to keep you going...and so that is what we did this weekend in Westfield Stratford!

Wahaca was the eatery of choice, which is perfect for indecisive eaters like my husband and I. It means you can order lots of little plates and share them, so you get to taste more of the menu but still leave feeling full! Wahaca have just launched some tasty new arrivals too, so it would have been rude to not test them all out!

Sitting alongside Wahaca’s street food, bigger plates, salads and sides are their new seasonal, sustainable summer dishes! This is a funny old year and so everything is a little delayed, and whilst the weather is still warm, I am holding on to Summer for that little bit longer, and the new Summer menu, actually runs until November, so everyone wins!

It’s good news for those that don’t eat meat too; about 50% of Wahaca’s street food menu is now vegetarian, from the ​Roast garden vegetable tacos, which use Riverford Organic carrots, caramelised onion, and crunchy beetroot crisps to the Cheese and Chilli Croquettas that combine Feta, Monterey Jack and mozzarella so ooze with cheesy goodness alongside a dash of spice!

We also tried The ​Bean & crumbled feta tostadas, which we’re told ​are possibly the most sustainable dish on Wahaca’s menu. They contain a mix of carlin peas, borlotti beans and chickpeas, with tomato salsa and crumbled feta – seemingly simple, but oh so satisfying.

The ​Devon crab & avocado tostadas by far stole the show from the new menu! A true taste of the sea using British crab, and served with chipotle mayo and pink pickled onions – this dish is an Instagrammer’s dream! The delicate crab meat balances brilliantly with the punchy chipotle and it goes particularly well alongside a chilled glass of white wine or cider!

It’s not just new dishes either, much-loved favourites have been pimped up such as the trusty old sweet potato side dish, which has been upgraded to Sweet potato ‘bravas’, drizzled with serrano mayo and served with a hibiscus dip. The combination of sweet and salty alongside a chilli kick makes you wonder why this hasn’t been done before, but I know I’ll definitely be ordering this again.

The new dishes are fresh, colourful and bursting with flavour, providing the perfect pit stop after an afternoon shop. I’d definitely recommend taking your taste buds for a trip where you won’t have to worry about quarantining afterwards!

Clare D’Silva

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