There’s another Mexican restaurant on the horizon for Brighton as Wahaca plans to open a huge 130-cover restaurant at 160-161 North Street, the previous home of Strada and Forde Hair, this April 15th.
Wahaca was born in 2007, inspired by co-founder Thomasina Miers’ travels to Mexico, time spent running bars there and falling in love with the country and cuisine. After winning Masterchef in 2005 and cooking in a Michelin-starred restaurant, she teamed up with fellow Mexico enthusiast Mark Selby to open a UK restaurant that would reflect the vibrant colours, flavours and buzz of the country’s markets.
The vision was to overturn the prevailing ‘Tex-Mex’ stereotype of tequila girls and greasy tortilla chips, and instead serve freshly prepared seasonal dishes, designed for sharing. The result went down a storm and almost immediately Londoners were queuing up for guacamole with lime juice, coriander and ripe Hass avocadoes; signature pork pibil tacos made with outdoor-reared British pork and corn tortillas; and MSC certified fish tacos – not to mention the range of 100% agave tequila.
For Wahaca, as important as delicious food is a commitment to sustainability, and all ingredients are sourced as locally as possible to home, or transported with care for the environment. Fish is of the highest sustainability accreditation and all meat is British, sourced from producers with high welfare standards. Where specialist ingredients have to be delivered from Mexico, the approach is to buy direct from local co-operatives that support local farming communities.
Since the inaugural Covent Garden site, Wahaca has won numerous awards for quality, sustainability and design; including the Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Cheap Eat in the UK, Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year 2012 and 2013, The SRA Innovation award for championing the sustainability of Entomophagy in 2015, Best Pop-up from the Restaurant Bar and Design Awards, and the title of one of the ‘UK’s coolest brands’.
The Wahaca Brighton menu will offer a wide selection of sharing street food dishes such as the signature Pork Pibil Tacos (£4.25), Mexico City Style Salmon Sashimi Tostadas (£4.75) and Sweet Potato and Feta Taquitos (£3.95). Also available will be bigger plates to enjoy all to oneself, such as MSC Fish Tacos, three Baja beach-shack style tacos with panko crumbed MSC cod, shredded slaw, chipotle mayo & pickled cucumber (£9.50); Pasilla Chicken Enchilada Suizas, soft corn tortillas filled with poached chicken and topped with a creamy tomatillo sauce and melted cheese (£8.95); or a British Bavette Steak, the Mexican way, marinated in a pasilla rub, served with green rice & smoky chipotle salsa (£10.95).
Co-founder Thomasina Miers comments,
“We cannot wait to dish out proper tacos and tequila to the good people of Brighton. It’s a city with an amazing sense of culture, sustainable living and importantly, knowing how to enjoy itself. My siblings both live here and have been pestering us about how Brighton needs a Wahaca – we look forward to getting stuck in.”
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12 – 11pm, Sun: 12 – 10.30pm