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Member Name: linann
Advantages: Consistent standard
Wagamamas is a chain of pan-asian noodle inspired restaurants that gained rapid popularity about 5-6 years ago. They are all over the UK now as well as in many other countries.
I think that these restaurants are great if you want a quick, informal meal, but don't expect fine dining by any stretch of the imagination.
The restaurants are all designed around the same concept - the tables are long benches so you are sitting next to people you don't know, and the kitchen is open. They make a point of saying that the food will be served as soon as it is ready so you may not get your food at the same time as other people in your party. This not normally a huge problem but once I did recieve my food after my boyfriend had finished eating his. They did give me refund though which was good.
The food is good and the standard is normally the same across all the sites. The starters are asian inspired things like dumplings. I would definitely recommend the Ebi Katsu which are fried prawns in breadcrumbs.
The majority of the main dishes are noodle based and they have a huge variety ranging from soup based, fried or curry noodles. They also do japanese katsu curry which is a must try - quite a sweet thick curry sauce. And a few other rice dishes as well. All the food is cooked to a good standard and the nice thing is that once you have been a few times you know exactly what you are getting.
The service is generally quick and casual - your orders are written on your paper place mats!
I would recommend this for a quick and casual lunch with friends.
Summary: Quick and casual lunch venue