3/06/2013 09:16:00 AM

Mexican Restaurant Wahaca Adds Grasshoppers to the Menu

If eating insects is the next big food trend, Wahaca - the Mexican street food chain - is joining the party. Starting Monday, the Southbank restaurant will add grasshoppers to the menu as trial step towards sustainable eating by swapping meat for a protein rich, environmentally friendly alternative.

Order chapulines fundidotakes and you'll get a dish of fried chapulines (grasshoppers) pureed with softened shallots, garlic and smoky chipotle chillies to create a delicious salsa, which is served with queso fundido, a mixture of gratinated mozzarella and cheddar cheese and corn tortillas.

“Insects do not have to be a novelty food," says co-founder Thomasina Miers. "They are packed full of protein, taste amazing and due to their farming methods are incredibly good for the environment.”

Will you swap your grass-fed beef for a grasshopper?

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd., SE1 8XX;  0207 928 1876

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