Everyone knows I love Wahaca. I’ve eaten there loads of times in London, I’ve written about their founder, 2005 Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers before, and later in August I wrote about how excited I was when she announced Wahaca was coming to Cardiff.
I love them because the food is great, but also because they’ve won a Compassion in World Farming ‘Good Chicken’ award for sourcing from ‘enriched’ farms with greater respect for animal welfare. In fact, they’ve won numerous awards for quality, sustainability and design; including the Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Cheap Eat in the UK, and the Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Last year, they were also involved in the Pig Idea – a campaign aiming to cut restaurant industry wastage by allowing food scraps to be fed to pigs. Their fish is sustainably sourced too.
And now, I love their new Cardiff restaurant on the Hayes. It’s modern yet cosy, set across three floors, with a cracking tequila bar on the top mezzanine level where you can happily wait for a table if the restaurant is full, or just pop by for a few tequila cocktails and some nachos & guacamole. Talking of guacamole, make sure you order some when you visit. It’s the best I’ve had, and makes the perfect bar snack, or pre-meal nibble.
I took my family of five to the new Wahaca for my birthday recently – no, I’m not telling you how old I am so don’t ask! We gorged on sustainable fish tacos, veggie burritos, and my mum had a lovely grilled chicken with Yucatecan marinade, all washed down with cocktails / beer – and we still had change from £90 with a tip included. That’s pretty great value for a restaurant that sources it’s produce in a sustainable way, and serves great food as fresh and tasty as this.
Hooray for Cardiff Wahaca and their #tidytacos – a welcome addition to our city centre! 🙂