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If you have been following this blog for some time, you may remember that this time last year I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Wahaca Manchester for Day of the Dead festival. I was kindly invited back again this year, to experience their week long menu for Day of the Dead but this time as a family.
This limited edition menu serves 2 with 7 dishes for £18.50 per person (£37.00 total to save you doing the maths). Our girls tried out the normal main menu with Tara opting for the children’s menu.
In addition to the special edition menu, Wahaca are also celebrating #WahacaDOTD with £5 margaritas. Mr C went traditional with a Classic Margarita (deliciously strong with just the right amount of salt) while I went for the Passion Fruit Margarita.
The food arrives when it is ready which is perfect for tapas style eating. In fairness, we weren’t waiting very long at all for any of the dishes and the waitresses were very helpful in sorting out our table. Our server for the evening was Dan, who was lovely and helpful when Violet wasn’t sure how much to order.
The first dish to arrive was the shared Nachos that the girls ordered. How beautiful are those colours? I’d prewarned M & V that the food would be slightly different to the Tex-Mex that they are used to but nevertheless they were still happy. Even for a non-cheese and olive lover, I loved them.
The Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket Tacos were next and the first of our set menu. Rich and filling, we started wondering how many of these courses we would be able to get through. Wahaca are certainly generous with their fillings. What struck me again was just how fresh all the flavours seem to be.
One for the cheese lovers next – Mr C loved these Pea & Mint Empanadas. Meanwhile I was rediscovering a love for cauliflower with Wahaca’s Crispy Cauliflower Bites – Oh wow! They are divine and weirdly feel meaty. A great spicy dipping sauce (similar to guacamole) comes with them too which should be bottled available to buy!
The Treaty Farm chorizo quesadillas were a particular favourite of Violet’s – Mildly spicy and easy to eat. Devoured in mere minutes. For me, the weakest of our set menu were the Butternut Squash Tacos – Fresh and tasty but just felt a bit odd being so cold. We both ate our allocated one each but both said we wouldn’t rush back for another.
Being a huge seafood fan, I was really looking forward to the Prawn Cocktail tostada and they didn’t disappoint. A generous portion of salad and prawns on top of a flat wrap, this dish felt a welcome palate cleanser after so many rich meat dishes.
We could leave without tasting the infamous Churros – So many people have recommended them! We were warned that there is a 30 minute wait as they are all made fresh but we didn’t have to wait that long (the restaurant was fairly quiet) At £5.25 they are not the cheapest and the portions not huge (About 5 in a portion). There is a choice of sauce – Chocolate which is quite dark (Violet’s favourite) and the Caramel (Which I have been thinking about all of today!)
The Wahaca Day of the Dead set menu runs from 28th October to 3rd November. £18.50 per head and serves 2.
More details can be found at Wahaca’ website. Manchester’s Wahaca can be found inside the Corn Exchange, just a couple of minutes walk away from Victoria Train Station.