Premier Inn – West Derby
We decided to start day three with breakfast in the Premier Inn, and there really isn’t much I can say about it. It’s the standard continental breakfast buffet – cereals, fruit, toast, muffins and pastries are all on offer and you can eat as much as you like. Obviously this isn’t five star cuisine, but it’s a reasonable offering that enables you to fill up for the day ahead.
Thorntons Café – Cheshire Oaks
After a morning of shopping at Cheshire Oaks we were in need of a refuel, so we headed to Thorntons Café for a light snack. Mum and I both had a Chicken and Chorizo Melt Panini – standard high street paninis that were nothing to write home about, but equally weren’t the worst we’ve tasted. Dad also had a bog-standard sandwich to accompany his (particularly small) bowl of soup. Nothing special, nothing terrible.
Wahaca – Liverpool
The star of day three, without a shadow of a doubt, was Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca. An existing favourite of mine, we were pretty confident that the food would be good – and we were not disappointed!
We decided to order nine dishes to share, starting with two of our favourites from last year – the Frijoles with Chorizo, and Chorizo and Potato Quesadillas. The Frijoles (refried beans to you and me) were smooth and creamy and were ideally matched with the slightly salty, savoury flavour of sobrasada and chorizo oil. The chunks of chorizo and soft potato in the quesadilla were also beautifully flavoured and contained within soft, floury tortillas.
Keen to try something new we ordered the Cactus and Courgette Tacos, alongside the Pork Pibil Tacos, Smoky Chicken and Avocado Tostadas, and Ancho Chicken Baja Tacos. All the tacos were lovely, with well flavoured meats and gorgeous toppings. Although mum wasn’t so sure, dad and I both liked the cactus, which had a slightly stronger taste than the courgette. The tostadas were also nice, but we tended to prefer the hot dishes on the table.
Wahaca also have a couple of summer specials, and we decided to order both of them. The Gringa Taco was gorgeous – a soft flour tortilla topped with melt-in-the-mouth pork, sweet pineapple and toasted cheese. The Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Tostada had a great crispy tortilla base, topped with fluffy, creamy goat cheese and sweet glazed beetroot.
Our final dish was by far the table favourite, with mum and I leaving our portions till last to ensure a brilliant final mouthful. The Sweet Potato and Feta Taquitos had a smooth, creamy filling of sweet potato wrapped in crispy corn tortillas topped with feta, red onion, salsas and mayo. The smooth filling contrasted the crispy tortilla and the tangy feta, with the caramelised red onion and other various accoutrements only adding to the fantastic flavour of the dish.
After nine fantastic savoury dishes I was eager to have dessert and see how it rated. I ordered the traditional Churros y Chocolate – sugary, fried Mexican doughnuts with the richest chocolate sauce I’ve ever tasted – yum! Mum enjoyed her choice of Fresh Pineapple and Spiced Caramel served with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream. The spices in the caramel sauce were particularly interesting – none of us could identify what they were, but they definitely added a new level to the simple dish. Dad decided to branch out and try the Coconut-Crumbed Plantain, rather enjoying the dessert he was served. The plantain didn’t taste like banana as we expected, but was sweet and delicious in the crispy coconut coating. Dad said he felt the dish didn’t need the caramel sauce in which the plantain sat, but thoroughly enjoyed it all the same.
It was no surprise to us that Wahaca served up some great food, and they’ve definitely retained their spot as one of my top ten restaurants. And the even better news? The chain’s first Scottish venture is due to open in Edinburgh this September, so guess who’ll be visiting again soon!