Wednesday, December 28, 2005

wagamama



wagamama is a chain of japanese fast food restaurants all over london. it is consistently rated at the top of the charts by zagat’s and is counted amongst the best of london eateries by many of my friends and colleagues. i woke up yesterday craving hot and spicy food (but not indian!) so decided to check out the wagamama’s at oxford circus after browsing through the sales at selfridges, h&m etc.

we had a lazy start to the day so didn’t actually get to lunch till well after 3pm. i was stunned to see a long line of hungry tourists and londoners waiting patiently for a seat in the packed cafeteria-style establishment this late in the afternoon. surprisingly, we were seated within 10 minutes and our food arrived shortly after ordering.

though this is a japanese restaurant, you won’t find any sushi here. wagamama is modelled on the ramen bars popular in japan. expect noodle soups, chilli men (curried noodles), tepen and lots of interesting side dishes including edamame and gyozas. vegetarians have a nice variety of dishes to choose from including soup, noodles and rice-based choices. i ordered a nice big bowl of mixed vegetables and tofu in a miso soup with noodles. i add lots of chili oil to spice it up. the soup filled and warmed me up simulatenously! i washed it down with apple and lime juice.

h and i also shared a side order of vegetable gyoza that was brought to our table much after the other items so the waitress took it off our tab which I thought was a very nice gesture. wagamama reminded me a lot of republic at union square in manhattan. delicious food, communal atmosphere and excellent value for money.

101a wigmore street, london, W1U 1QR
tel: + 44 (0) 207 409 0111

5 Comments:

Blogger rums said...

hey lools, wish you all the best. just got a mail from shalini, they are back from a short holiday in prague, where she bought boots and that made me think of you, i dunno why :)

8:22 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, rums! i will get in touch with shalini for sure in the next week or so. i do LOVE boots and would love to wear them while i walk around but we've been averaging around 10 k a day walking around so i am choosing comfort over style and sticking to my puma sneakers. i did buy a sexy pair of brown boots from mango which i'm saving for an appropriate event :)

3:39 pm  
Blogger Sandhya said...

mmmm...that looks delicious! Got your chocolates. Enjoyed them very much. Thanks again :-)

5:44 pm  
Blogger Fourth Umpire said...

You must have a way with waitresses. Or perhaps H does. I've never known Wagamama to bring food out on time or in order, so to have it taken off your tab is nice!

Try the Blue Elephant off Fulham Broadway one day. Not neccessarily the best Thai food in London, but a somewhat unique dining experience. They definitely have an impressive buffet (or at least, they used to...)

7:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Sandhay. Glad you liked the chocolates.

Fourth Empire -- I am still trying to figure out who you are! Did you go to Stanford undergrad? Thanks for the recommendation. I love Thai so will definitely check it out!

11:48 am  

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