Wahaca – London Covent Garden

So after the work party, I had 4 hours sleep, an 8-hour day at work, and about a half an hour to a 45 minute wait for Mr Games and my friends (who I haven’t really gone out with for a very long time, calling them Mr Flirt, Miss Money and my new friend Mr Sensible), we ended up at Wahaca, a Mexican food joint for a small reunion and pre-Christmas meetup, as well as celebrating the end of the year. 

Apparently the name of the restaurant and the food derives from a region in Mexico called Oaxaca. I have never tried this place before, and I was very keen to try it out.
Wahaca Sign

Its full name

Their funky wall of leaflets and pictures ^^

Nice design!

This place isn’t hard to find, it’s in the backstreets of The Strand, but unfortunately there’s construction work going on outside the building, so it was hard to take a picture of the outside.

Luckily we were a party of five as there was a table for six ready within a few minutes when we got there, otherwise I think we would have had to wait for a long time for the other diners to shove off! (Sorry for my rudeness). Thankfully I did some research on this place beforehand because I was keen to try out a burrito!! The food I found was quite similar to Cubana (the place I went to the night before). Here’s the food and drinks (the non-exciting drinks I did not take a picture of i.e. water… ¬_¬).

Mr Sensible’s food (he is a very sensible person who is training to be a teacher):

Pork Pibil Taco

Huitlacoche Quesadillas

Black Bean

Miss Money’s food (she wants to be an accountant and is fully qualified to be one!):

Passion Fruit and Hibiscus Cooler

Tender, marinated chicken Taquito

Sweet Potato

Mr Flirt (don’t need to explain why he’s called that) didn’t realise he ordered a majority of spicy food… so unfortunately he didn’t enjoy it entirely! (He doesn’t like spicy!):

A very small hot chocolate, Mr Flirt had water afterwards!

Grilled British Beef Taco

I think this is the Black Bean Tostada

MSC fish a la Pimienta – it has bones attached to it, so be careful when eating this!

Mr Games and also Miss Money had the beef burrito, which is what I had. And here’s my food:

Tamarind Twist

Chicken Tinga Taco – it was spicy!

British Steak Burrito

Inside my burrito – really tasty and this is the only non-spicy one!!

And finally the desserts! We all shared around…

Hotcake and dulce de leche – Mr Flirt and Mr Sensible had this

Chocolate tres leches cake – Miss Money and Mr Games had this

I had the Salted Caramel Ice-Cream ^^

I enjoyed it so much and I would definitely go again to have a spicy burrito!

My geeky rating: 5/5 (that burrito filled me! (^_^)v).

Good points:
– Food came quick
– Great and friendly service
– Food was filling
– Desserts were ok – I liked that chocolate cake with the peanut butter ice cream (^_^)b

Bad points:
– Slightly cramped tables… and that was it really!

Address: Wahaca, 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG
Tel: 0207 240 1883

Website: www.wahaca.co.uk 
The link to the menu is at the bottom of the website but here it is if you can’t find it! http://www.wahaca.co.uk/html/ASSETS/Downloads/Wahaca_menu.pdf

Work Christmas Party at Cubana – London Waterloo

The Christmas parties have started for 2012! (Well for some people it was a week or two weeks ago!). 

Every year one of the teams I work with (I work for two teams in one organisation – it’s complicated I know!) has a Christmas get together. And every year at least one person has a suggestion on where to go. This time we were going to Cubana in Waterloo, which is a Latin American restaurant.
Outside Cubana

Cubana has been around for a few years now, and I remember a couple years back Miss Pinky and I tried to go in there once but it was fully packed!! Well, at this Christmas party, it was again fully packed!! It is a popular venue for South Londoners and for those working around the area. Plus it’s near Waterloo Station! Bonus point for that!! ^^

Close up of the wall painting

To be completely honest, I didn’t know what to expect and so I read a few reviews on TripAdvisor and one blog. They were all mixed reviews which I shouldn’t have read, and should have left it to my own experiences!

We all settled into the place quite early – as in, we settled with our drinks quite early. Some of my co-workers were in the neighbouring pub as they were VERY early! (And I even thought I was the first one there to arrive!!!). The place I would have to say is nice, however it is VERY small (that’s why we drank outside). There are 3 areas for dining. One is at the back hidden away. The second one is next to the bar, which is where we were, and the other part is like a dance area. The bar area was heaving with people, and some were even drinking outside. I guess they never thought it would be very popular.
Nice wall gallery!

We think this is a dancing area – but was filled
with other people from another company

We got seated into 3 sets of tables around 8 pm and then we were asked whether we wanted to start the food – YES! Of course!! I was hungry. 😛 My co-worker made a reservation for the Cubana Christmas Fiesta Menu which was £17 per head. (I think there were about 30 of us there!). So here’s the food which the waitresses had to move around for each table so that everyone got a bit of everything.

Plantain Chips

Croquetas de boniato y chorizo – 
Organic chorizo and sweet potato croquettes

Platanos Fritos – fried plantain 

Pollo Criollo – chicken casserole

Ensalada fresca – salad

Someone mixed in the Chorizo into the rice!!

I forgot to take pictures of the black beans and the pork dish!

My small plate of food

I liked the chicken!!

I had 3 pina coladas ^_^ (plus a G&T earlier)

I had chocolate mousse ^^

Mr Bear’s coconut flan

Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce (there are other sauces available too)

I spoke to some of my co-workers after the party, and some were disappointed they didn’t get some of the food! Plus their plates were too small for all the food. The restaurant is small. Chairs are a bit wobbly and the seating arrangement wasn’t that great – These are their comments, not mine!! 

After all that eating and drinking the tables and chairs were cleared away by the waitresses…, and the real party started with a bit of dancing!! A few of my co-workers are great dancers by the way, and one or two were a bit excessive… But it was all a bit of fun. 😀

I do recommend this place, but you should probably go at a less busy time!

My geeky rating: 4/5 (I liked the food, but the dining and drinking areas are very cramped)

Good points:
– I liked the food
– I think we had some good service (but I could see why some reviewers weren’t happy… it gets really busy!)
– The drinks just kept coming (and thankfully I didn’t need to pay… It must have been a lot of money though!)
– Good music (although a bit loud according to Mr Bear)

Bad points:
– Small space (need to rebuild the bar area… expand towards the car park!)
– Small plates
– Bad table arrangement

Address: Cubana, 48 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
Tel: 0207 928 8778 (after 5 pm – 07582 879 389)

Website: www.cubana.co.uk (always make a reservation!)

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