Wahaca’s Manchester restaurant is located in the Corn Exchange, and kitted out with its own cocktail bar, the restaurant is bringing a touch of Mexican to the dining quarter of Manchester.

The owners set up their business after witnessing an abundance of tacky, inauthentic Mexican cuisine here in Britain.

After living in Mexico, and gaining experience managing bars there, Thomasina fell in love with the food and culture.

Thinking it was a shame there was a lack of authentic Mexican food on the market she created Wahaca.


First spinning through the MasterChef kitchens in 2005, during which she managed to win the coveted first prize slot, her and judge Mark started working on the menu for her new Mexican restaurant.

Now Wahaca is a successful franchise set up with restaurants in every major city in the UK, sourcing ingredients locally, or from the mother country when need be.

Serving classics such as burritos, tacos and enchiladas, Wahaca has also joined the health kick craze sweeping the nation with two big salad options, both of which come in an edible tortilla bowl.

A salad in a tortilla bowl. Obviously. Credit: Wahaca Instagram

You can also try their cricket brownie for something a little different.

Raking in several awards such as Sustainable Building Award, Interior design awards, Best Pop-Up, and being labelled One of the UK’s Coolest Brands, Wahaca has impressed in its time on the market.

It has a fair tipping policy as well, sending 100% of tips straight to restaurant staff, ensuring your piece of mind when leaving a service charge.

Wahaca’s charity contributions have also been praised by The Sustainable Restaurant Association, as they donate 20p from each of their ‘Street Food’ dishes to campaigns in both Mexico and the UK.

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