Wagamama’s home of great asiatic food. The company recently launched it’s new summer menu and I was luck enough for them to invite me down to give it a try! Who would turn down an offer such as this?
I was only introduced to Wagamama’s a couple of years ago and it quickly became a favourite. Although I don’t dine out as often as I’d like to it is always somewhere I will suggest, or at least think of. I’m not hugely into Japanese food, fish is like my kitchen hell!!, but I do love rice and noodles. Especially mixed with chicken! I didn’t really know what to expect when I headed to my local restaurant but Todd and I were quickly given all the details we’d need by Dominique, the assistant manager. We could choose what we wanted for our starter but they preferred that we chose a summer option for the main!
I went for my usual starter of Korean BBQ Beef and Red Onion steam bun. It is honestly amazing, and I definitely feel like it’s life! The buns themselves are always so soft and tasteful, with a little hint of sweetness and it compliments the bbq’ed beef and red onion perfectly. I know I should branch out and try something different but why would you choose against a classic? And it didn’t disappoint me!
Todd opted for the new summer starter, Beef Tataki. He really enjoyed it and didn’t expect to like it as much as he did. He said there was a bit of a kick to it. But it wasn’t spicy. I feel like it was a mild spice. But he did really enjoy it. It looks to be a dish mainly for people who enjoy more under-cooked beef. People who enjoy it rare or blu as it looked really red to me, but I don’t eat beef or steak a lot! Sometimes my fussy eating can be a pain, especially when something looks so appetising!
The mains were also as beautifully presented and fun to look at as the starters. There’s something about fresh food, with bright vibrant colours that makes my mouth water! I have to say that the dishes did look and feel summery as well with their greens and reds.
Todd decided on the Seared Nuoc Cham Tuna as he was wanting something that was more seafood like than anything else. He had hoped that Wagamama’s did sushi, but I think he was happy with his ultimate choice. He really enjoyed it, and I think he may have wanted more. His first thoughts were that the tuna steak wasn’t big enough. But once he started eating he realised he was wrong. He said the tuna was tender, juicy in every sense and fresh and described it as if the fish had been freshly caught and cooked on the same day. He even went on to say that it didn’t taste preserved at all. To be fair, it did look great on its bed of greens and quinoa.
I went for something a little safer, I say safer! Any chicken dish for me is something I’m going to be interested in, mix that with a curry base and I’m hooked! It was a lot spicier than I anticipated. There were a lot of fresh chillis in the dish and I may have eaten more than I realised and I ended up moving them to one side to save my mouth a little! I would say that if you have a low tolerance to spice this may not be a good choice for you! I was just about at my limit and it was getting a bit much!
Apart from the spice attack, I did enjoy the curry. The chicken was really fresh and the mix of flavours worked well together. It was quite a creamy texture as well. It reminded me a little of a korma with it’s texture, but a lot spicier.
I may have been feeling a little full from the starter and the main but I couldn’t resist a dessert! The options they had all looked so good, but the Pink Guava and Passion Fruit Sorbet was a definite winner for me.
I didn’t know what to expect from it, but I’m glad I went for it. It reminded me a little of the Solero Exotic ice creams. This was clearly due to the passion fruit it in! The sorbet texture was great, but a little creamy than a standard citric fruit sorbet. I do like lemon sorbets, but it was nice to eat one that wasn’t quite as sharp. The lack of sharp bite was strange though, it made me feel like it wasn’t a true sorbet. I’d still buy it in future though!
Todd ummed and erred a bit with his choice over dessert. He has a bit of a sweet tooth so he struggled to choose. In the end, he opted for a Yuzu and Lemon Tart with a Raspberry Puree. He said the mix of flavours was great and the puree went well with the rest of tart. I tried a little of this and I have to say I agree! It tasted so good! It was tangy and sweet and non of the flavours were overpowering.
This trip to Wagamama’s has definitely reaffirmed itself as one of my favourite restaurants. Now I have to resist the urge to go there more often! This may be more difficult than I think it will!
Have you ever been to Wagamama’s and if so what’s your favourite thing to get? I’d love any recommendations!
Hasta la fuego
*Disclaimer: The food was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are all my (and Todd’s) own .