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Wahoo's Fish Taco

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by Natalie O'Driscoll (subscribe)
Foodie, musician, humanitarian, arts lover and writer. In that order.
Published July 7th 2014
A seafood experience that won't even break the piggy bank
The heavy, stodgy fare that is served up at most "Mexican" restaurants in Australia bears little to no resemblance to the actual cuisine of Mexico, which tends to come fresher in flavour and lighter in quantity. Wahoo's Fish Taco in Burleigh claims to be a "fast, fresh and healthy" Mexican option, and, depending on what you order, is capable of delivering on that promise. The freshness is guaranteed by this little spiel on their website:

"On a daily basis each restaurant dedicates itself to preparing and creating the entire menu in-house. All salsas, sauces, guacamole and beans are made from scratch each day. We use no microwaves, can openers or freezers in our restaurants."

For those who desire the inevitably bizarre cheese dreams and saturating meat sweats that come with your average huge Australian-Mexican meal, the Big Wet Burrito lives up to every aspect of its name. Have it with a serve of hot shoestring fries and you'll be experiencing Meal Regret in no time. The Quesadillas (Or Mexican Toasties, as I like to call them) are also quite the man-sized bite.

wahoos burrito
Big Wet Burrito

There are lighter options, however. Quite a few. The eponymous fish tacos have a tiny bit of cheesy rice down the bottom of the grilled tortilla but are mostly filled with a flaky and delicately sweet piece of white fish topped with crunchy cabbage, fresh salsa and your choice of a light creamy citrus sauce on its own or with a sticky teriyaki glaze included. Hint: get the teriyaki. I don't know why it works, but it does! The trick is learning to stop at two tacos, when they are so advantageously priced at three for $10. Of course the tacos come in chicken or steak as well, but the fish ones are really the heroes of the menu.

mixed taco wahoos
Mixed Tacos

For all the flour-haters out there, the fish, chicken, steak and veggie bowls are probably the best options, being filled with all the usual suspects of a taco but without the shell.

I was going to call the service at Wahoo's "hit and miss" but really I think that indifferent would be a more accurate term. I haven't had many hits there, service wise, and I've been there quite a bit. Also the "fast" aspect of the "fast, fresh and healthy" is not always present, with the little kitchen capable of being so overloaded with orders that you can have over a half an hour wait for food. Which the indifferent servers will only tell you about once you've queried the wait at the 25 minute mark. Let's just say it's not only the décor that gives off a couldn't-care-less surfie vibe.

baja Fish Salad wahoos
Baja Fish Salad Bowl

Still, with a menu that ranges from $3.50 to $12.95 in price and from pretty nice to absolutely delicious in flavour, it's worth putting up with a few minor inconveniences. On a hot weekend you'd be hard pressed to beat a walk or a dip at Burleigh Heads followed by a cold Corona and a couple of fish tacos across the roads. If you want a great vibe, beautiful surroundings or five star service, Wahoo's is not for you. For (always) fresh, (ridiculously) cheap, (relatively) healthy and (usually) fast Mexican tucker however, it's right on the money.
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Where: 2/1726 Gold Coast Hwy Burleigh Heads, 4220
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entertaining and informative article, with a tantalisingly acidic ending that left me wanting more! haha bravo
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