Review: Wahaca Mexican Restaurant, Cardiff

Wahaca Cardiff

Everyone knows I love Wahaca. I’ve eaten there loads of times in London, and I’ve written about how excited I was it was announced that Wahaca was coming to Cardiff.

Ethical Eats

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.

Mexico in Cardiff

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 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 Cardiff city centre.



  1. January 21, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    My Wahaca experience consisted of being told I couldn’t book a table and should just show up. Upon getting there with a group of 6, there was a 2.5 hour wait.
    I left disappointed that I couldn’t eat the food that everyone has spoken so highly of. Gutted 🙁

    • January 21, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Ah that’s a shame, I think it’s because it has been so in demand since launch – although I haven’t had to wait long for a table yet. Hopefully demand will calm down a bit soon and the wait won’t be as long – a short wait is easily managed at the Tequila bar on the top floor 🙂 Hope you get to visit soon! x

  2. February 27, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Loved Wahaca, especially the cricket special. So glad it has come to Cardiff!

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