Is Wahaca worth the hype?

wahaca chichester bottles

wahaca chichester restaurant

A little while back, on a weekend trip into Chichester, I noticed that a Wahaca was on its way. I only knew of Wahaca from a few mentions of it within the blogging community. I’d never been myself, but everything I heard was positive. So, on Saturday (I think around a week after it had opened), we decided to go there for lunch and see whether the hype was justified.

Ahead of our visit, I sent out a tweet asking for recommendations and OMG SO MANY TWEETS. People who I didn’t even know (many of which don’t even follow me) were tweeting me with their favourite dishes. Several people were passionate about the black bean quesadilla, several more were all about the pork tacos… I was a little overwhelmed with the number of notifications to be honest!

But hey, it was surely a good sign that people were reaching out and making their suggestions of what to order. I looked over the menu on the website as well – as I always do before a restaurant trip – and had a fairly good idea of what I was going to go for.

After some very productive shopping which included the purchase of three new autumnal jumpers, a shirt dress and a handful of comics, I was well and truly ready to sample some Wahaca Mexican street food.

When we were seated by the friendly but seemingly a little disgruntled waiter, we were told about how the menu works (which is basically a choice of tapas type street food dishes or larger dishes), and left to make our decisions. For drinks Liam ordered a Diet Coke and I went for a Virgin Mojito which was about 99% ice and 1% tasty, tasty mojito.

We decided, in order to get a true taste of Wahaca’s offering, we would order some dishes from the street food menu. We ordered: a quesadilla each (I chose the chorizo and sweet potato, Liam opted for chipotle chicken), pork tacos, lamb taquito from the specials, and some of the pea and mint empanadas which were basically just for me.

The food looked impressive, I’ll give you that. Plus, it all came out pretty quickly (except the tacos which took a little longer, but still well within reasonable waiting time!)

wahaca quesadillas

wahaca empanadas

wahaca lamb taquito

wahaca pork tacos

wahaca churros

Oh, and obvs I got churros for pudding. Obvs.

The highlights for me were the chorizo quesadilla and the pea and mint empanadas. Liam was also pretty partial to his quesadilla as well.

But otherwise, and overall… we were both pretty underwhelmed.

Don’t get me wrong, the food was fine. It was edible, some of it was even tasty. However, I just cannot understand the hype that Wahaca got from my followers. I was under the impression I was going to lovelovelove the food, and the reality was that although the bill was reasonable for the amount of food we had, I was hardly wowed…and Liam left hungry and unimpressed. As below evidences…

liam at wahaca

Have you ever been to Wahacas? What did you think? Are we wrong, and should we give it another chance? Let me know in the comments!



  1. October 4, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Ahh there’s so much hype about Wahacas! I don’t really know where it’s come from as it’s been in Manchester for a while so I’m a little confused? Sorry to hear it was a little underwhelming, I’ve never been so at least I’ve not been drawn in by the hype haha.


    • Cat
      October 4, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      I wouldn’t bother, to be honest! Glad you weren’t sucked into the hype, but at least we didn’t spend too much money on the meal! x

  2. Cara
    October 4, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    I really enjoy it but it is a different type of Mexican food to what we are used to here. My mum ADORES it as it reminds her of the food she had growing up in Mexico City. I’m not a fan of tex-mex style Mexican this is more my beat. I think it’s hyped up thou as their PR department have been really on it lately as they’re opening loads more outside London now

    • Cat
      October 4, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      That’s interesting to hear about your mum – maybe Mexican food just isn’t our cup of tea? We both just felt the hype was not at all worth it! Chichester seemed an odd place to open a wahacas but I guess if they are branching out they will be popping up everywhere! x

  3. October 6, 2016 / 9:02 am

    There are better independents if I’m honest. It’s expensive and every time I’ve been (through others choice not mine) we’ve had terrible terrible service! Never again! Although I know people who do return despite how hit and miss it is…

    • Cat
      October 6, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      I feel like I definitely need to try some independent Mexico restaurants! We found the service wasn’t anything to shout about either, it felt very forced but perhaps this was because the restaurant had recently opened so the staff were new. x

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