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Brief Published: 21 Jun 2012

Wahaca’s Mexican Restaurant Experiment


London-based Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca is planning to explore what its customers really want with the launch of a temporary restaurant on London’s Southbank. Not only does it come wrapped in a makeshift space, but it will also boast an experimental menu.

Due to open at the beginning of July, the restaurant has been branded  ‘The Wahaca Southbank Experiment’. Customers will be invited to test a more experimental menu in a bid to discover which dishes are the most popular. 

Comprised of eight recycled shipping containers that have been modified to fit together, the two-storey space will accommodate up to 130 customers at a time. While the containers may look rough and ready, the space still delivers some glamorous flourishes, with open, airy interiors, a cantilevered hanging bar space and panoramic windows.

British graphic designer Tristan Manco has assisted with the design of the restaurant by selecting Mexico-based street artists who will contribute to the evolving wall artwork that will be constantly updated. 

As the restaurant may only be located in the Southbank centre for a limited period (the length of which is yet to be confirmed), it has been shrewdly designed so that it can be transferred to different locations.



Tristan Manco