Fresh, fast and very tasty food- Wagamama has been a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s culinary scene.
I thought I’d share with you all a recent review of my visit there.
Reservations are recommended especially on weekends-when I arrived for my Friday night slot there was a fairly large queue.
Nice ambience- dining is a fast food communal setting where you are rubbing shoulders with strangers.
However the food is so good here, you won’t be naval gazing too long.
Food service was snappy.
Our waiter was very attentive and happy to give his suggestions.
For waga virgins like me, this was perfect.
Starters we were had a plate of each of their popular Gyoza and Ebi gyoza– a seafood variant of the gyoza.
Originating in China, gyoza has become a staple dish in Japan.
It’s reflective of the broad Asian menu you can savour in Wagamama where you eat everything from Japanese, Chinese to Thai, Korean cuisine.
Steamed and then grilled lightly to give it a nice crispy edge and stuffed with chicken and veggies, the Gyoza (£5.25 )was great, complemented nicely with a choice of chilli, garlic, sesame and soy sauce.
Washed down with a nice chilled of super dry Asahi beer ( Large £5.25 )- was perfect.
One plate is never enough!
On the recommendation of our waiter, we tried the chilli squid ( £5.55 ).
Deep fried in a light batter and seasoned with sea salt + shichimi and an awesome chilli, garlic coriander sauce for dipping them in-wow, a real tasty dish.
The good food keeps coming,
Next up is another Wagamama signature dish called Ebi Raisukuree ( £10.85) King prawns in a coconut and lime curry sauce with ginger, chillies, coriander, red and green peppers, red onions and mangetout. This was quite fragrant, very spicy and delicious.
By this time I must admit, I am a bit stuffed.
No good meal is complete without dessert.
I go for the White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake ( £4.95 )with a chilli toffee ginger sauce.
Good decision- one of the best cheesecakes I’ve had for a long time.
I wasn’t too keen on the Deep Fried sweet ginger and apple gyoza with vanilla custard (£4.10) – I prefer the gyoza the authentic way.
I waddle out of Wagamama with a stuffed belly and a happy heart- I will be back definitely.
Next time I am keen to try their famous ramen noodles in soup and katsu curry.
Menu prices are pretty reasonable with main not more than the £12 mark.
1 Castle Terrace (on the corner with Lothian Road)
Edinburgh, EH1 2DP.