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Wahaca Manchester: where Mexican street food dreams are made

Located in the grade II historic corn exchange, Wahaca offers award winning Mexican street food and a chic cocktail bar stocked with exciting Mexican blends


Greeted with a bustling atmosphere on a Saturday evening, we were quickly seated in the courtyard area of the corn exchange. I highly recommend requesting to be seated inside the restaurant which has a more dinner friendly, charming atmosphere. Unfortunately outside had food court-esque vibes, however it was quickly relieved by a cocktail.

I opted for a passion fruit margarita from the range of Mexican concoctions on offer. It was the perfect balance of sweet and sour. If I wasn’t feeling so fragile, a couple more would definitely have been on the cards.

The extensive food menu left me wanting to delve into everything, the selection is a vast range of tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, taqitos and empanadas, all of which sounded like a Mexican dream. Wahaca suggest two or three street food plates per person. Here is a lowdown on their best street food dishes too avoid getting utterly bewildered by the menu and opting to try everything like we did:

1. Buttermilk chicken baja tacos — two soft mini tortillas topped with juicy buttermilk chicken, tangy salsa, a chilli mayo and coriander. This was by far my favourite ‘Mexican tapas’ plate, full of punchy zingy flavours that complimented the chicken beautifully

2. Sweet potato and Feta taquito — roast sweet potato, feta and caramelised onion wrapped in a crisp blue corn tortilla. My friend said this was a “taste sensation” and she wanted more…

3. Mexican style chorizo and potato quesadillas — two pieces of oozing sumptuous gooey quesadillas. Chorizo, cheese and potato…How can you go wrong?

Photo: Anokhi Shah

Photo: Anokhi Shah

Wahaca Manchester have just launched a new lunchtime taco menu where you can get two plates of tacos and a side for just £8!

Additionally, Wahaca have introduced a new student offer. Students dining at Wahaca Manchester will be presented with a traditional Mexican Pirniola spinning top and invited to ‘spin and win’ to claim a free dish or a drink from tacos to margaritas. Each side of the Pirinola will feature a different prize including: Wahaca’s signature Pork Pilbil tacos, Legendary Churros y Chocolate or a classic Margarita or ice cold Mexican beer.

I totally suggest taking a trip to Wahaca to embrace some tongue tingling magic, an innovative combination of flavours that should be married and fabulous offers!