Wagamama’s is pretty much the restaurant where you take your friends for a catch up and to eat delicious Japanese food. I love catching up with the girls and drinking copious amounts of green tea whilst I’m there. But, I’m pretty guilty for sticking to what I know when I visit Wagamama’s; either sticking to a Katsu Curry [like all the 20 something year olds] and Ramen dishes. So, when I rocked up last week I was pretty excited to try out dishes I wouldn’t usually go for and it’s safe to say I won’t be picking a Katsu Curry for a while!
Wagamama’s bought their development chef, Craig, to talk us through the menu and pair the dishes up with the wines, juices and beers off the menu. You could tell Craig was one of those guys who really loved what he did and I couldn’t blame him!
I’d never think to have fish dishes at Wagamamas; especially those involving kale, quinoa, sweet potato and all things healthy. I’m typically one of those girls when they are eating out they are eating out. The seared nuoc cham tuna was my favourite dish from the new summer menu. A rare, tuna steak served on a bed of kale, sweet potato, quinoa and beans. The tuna melted in your mouth and was perfectly seasoned in soy sauce, ginger and had a lovely spice to it. The tuna was a wonderful thick slab and cooked rare as tuna steak should be. Craig told us it’s the best sourced tuna steak available so you know you’re getting excellent quality. Being served on a bed of kale, it’s a super light and healthy dish for a perfect summers evening.
My second favourite rice dish was the Chicken Samla Curry (but also can be served with tofu!). A lemongrass and coconut flavoured curry it immediately reminded me of thai cooking. The sauce was warming and really more-ish; it would have been ridiculously easy to empty the whole plate. The dish was paired with Wagamama’s own ale – Kikku Craft Beer – a pale ale served with a gorgeous spice mix that complimented the dish well.
Have you ever had dessert at Wagamama’s before? Nope, neither had I until now. Usually, I fill up on noodles, green tea and everything savory in between and never save room for the dessert. We tried the Chocolate Layer Cake and the Lemongrass and Lime Sorbet. The chocolate layer cake was fill with chocolate cream and hazelnut – it tasted like a ferrero rocher in a cake. It was light, creamy and would end an evening perfectly. The Lemongrass and Lime sorbet really cleared your pallet and the sugar and lime took you back to childhood days of calippos. It’s a refreshing dessert that isn’t heavy at all.