If you have never been to wagamama before they are inspired by traditional Japanese ramen bars and Asian flavours. wagamama spans 17 countries with over 99 restaurants in the UK alone. They cook super fresh food and (in my opinion) offer a modern dining experience at an affordable price. It's always at the top of my list of places to go for lunch when I'm out shopping because everything is cooked fresh to order. Enough about the company, lets take a look at the food!
wagamama is excited to reveal a new menu offering shoppers something delicious to enjoy. With fresh juices for those on the go, steamed buns and gyozas for the peckish and innovative new mains to satisfy hungry shoppers after a day of retail therapy.
Martyn and I opted for some old favourites for our starters including the ebi katsu crispy fried prawns in panko breadcrumbs which come served with a spicy chilli and garlic sauce. These lasted about two minutes...
stuffed tempura mushrooms & chilli squid
One of the newest additions to the menu are the Omakase dishes, which simply means ‘trust the chef’ in Japanese. These five dishes have been carefully put together and selected by the head chefs of Wagamama from their most popular dishes, and made with a twist. Warm coconut seafood broth, marinated beef in a fragrant massaman curry sauce and tasty yakitori duck with zesty flavours are just some of the dishes to be enjoyed.
wagamama traditionalists need not fear, classic favourites such as katsu curry and prawn firecracker (my all time favourite) will remain firmly on the menu alongside other much-loved dishes. There is now the option to customise your dish so you can add extra chillies or take them out.
I enjoyed some marinated beef with sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms and baby aubergine in a mild, fragrant massaman curry sauce. It was a lot more subtle than my normal choice of firecracker but I loved it. Martyn had the teriyaki lamb with mushrooms, asparagus, kale and mangetout served on a bed of soba noodles in a pea, herb and wasabi dressing which we would both have again.
Even though we were pretty full we couldn't leave without some dessert. We shared some taster sized pieces of the wagamama top sellers which was the perfect way to end the meal.
We definitely recommend that you go in and try out something you may have never had before, especially something off of the Omakase section – the wagamama chef’s are ones you can truly trust, those guys know their flavours.
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I was invited to Wagamama as a guest