Wahaca has been the long awaited opening that has got Brighton a bit excited. Thomasina Miers, who won Masterchef back in 2005, has built her empire of restaurants on her love of Mexican food and travel. It's a substantial chain that has seen one of the biggest successes from the show's winners.
The atmosphere here is fun, bright and lively. A mash up of graphic prints (back pat for the genius who found velour dogtooth bucket seats - you hero), neon, illustrations and type. Overall it does smack of chain restaurant as it's so slick and formulaic, but it has been very well done and a gold star for the bathroom too. A nice touch is that each of their locations features bespoke art from different creatives and in Brighton these are from Mexican street artist Mazatl. Hey, anyone that invests in creatives gets my vote.
I did enjoy my visit here, although I'd expected the food to be a little better, I'd certainly come back to make a bigger dent in the tequila menu and try some of the larger dishes.
I dined as a guest of Wahaca. *This is my only shameless celebrity namedrop, I promise.