Not long ago, we wrote about Wahaca opening a Brixton branch, and now the expanding Mexican street food chain has set its sights on moving west – all the way to Wales.
Wahaca’s Cardiff restaurant, planned to open in the city’s redeveloped St David’s shopping centre later this year, will be their first outside London.
This represents quite a coup for Cardiff, which has transformed itself into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in recent years after undergoing significant regeneration.
Wahaca offers authentic Mexican street food served the real Mexican way – quick, unfussy, cheap and tasty, with no need for the stuffy formalities of booking ahead.
Its location in Cardiff means it will be near neighbours with Jamie’s Italian, another chain that has expanded into the Welsh capital after finding success in the South East.
The restaurant will occupy a spacious 5,600 square foot site, split over two levels, with additional outdoor space for those who prefer al fresco dining.
A British institution with a Mexican flavour
Wahaca has proven an incredible success story since its first restaurant opened in 2007. It was co-founded by Thomasina Miers, who won Masterchef two years earlier with her take on the sublime street food she’d experienced while living in Mexico.
Their flagship Mexican cantina in Covent Garden immediately made its mark, and the company has gone from strength to strength ever since. It now has 13 static restaurants throughout London, as well as two mobile “street kitchens” which travel around the capital, and are currently situated in South Bank and Canary Wharf.
Speaking about the Cardiff launch, co-owner Thomasina Miers said:
“Cardiff is a young, vibrant city with a fantastic concentration of retail and leisure. We are delighted to be opening our first regional restaurant and are confident that the people of Cardiff will love our fresh, sustainable Mexican offer.”