Anyway, here’s the deal – Wagamama has a Pan-Asian style menu and all Wagamama’s across the UK have released their new autumn/winter menu (yeah, I didn’t know restaurants had seasons like fashion either but there you go) with a few new sides, mains, a juice and dessert available and I got to try them all on a Friday night (charmed life, eh?).
First out was the sides – Pulled Pork Gyoza and Wok-Fried Greens. Normally I would never think to spend a fiver on what essentially looks like a plate of broccoli as a side, but that is certainly something that will change; I can’t really describe just how fit this simple, yet tasty combition is* (I’m well aware I’m meant to be writing a food review so I’m kind of not fulfilling one of the basic requirements but whatcha gonna do?) The five delicious pork dumplings were put on the table to share between two and I managed to swipe three of them (I wasn’t even polite about offering to split the last one – I got it right down my gob before anyone could say anything). Without a doubt, these two dishes were my winners of the evening – enjoying the sides more than anything else probably makes me a bit terminally bland but I don’t care.
Before our mains came out there was a beetroot, orange and carrot juice concoction (Root Juice) plonked in front of us. It was Friday night for crying out loud, my healthy eating plan doesn’t start until Monday morning, Wagamama! It was ok I guess. Oh who am I kidding, it was like an endurance test drinking it. I decided to down it all. I’m not the kind of girl to leave a drink, non alcoholic or not. I will be fair to it though, I didn’t have too bad a hangover the next day so maybe we should give it a chance.
The sampling of the mains was a bit of a blur as at this point I’d drunk quite a bit (it was a Friday night and it was free, get off my back). I recall my favourite being the Mahi Mahi Curry; grilled white fish in a spicy curry sauce with sweet potato, red and green peppers and mushrooms, served with rice and garnished with coriander sauce (or so the menu tells me). It tasted just as good as it looked.
I was stuffed at this point but I’ve always got room for desert and luckily Wagamama had got the memo that I’m a greedy little piglet. Keeping with the winter theme, the hot dessert was half moon pancakes served with date and orange sauce and a scoop of cinnamon sauce – delicious. Now unfortunately, my plus one decided that a picture of an empty plate would be far more useful for this review than a picture of the actual food (everyone has a cross to bear, mine’s moronic friends) so you’re going to have to use your imagination here.
I’d only ever been to Wagamama once before; a few days after getting back from a month in Thailand (I ordered the Pad Thai and banged on about how I could now cook as I’d spent a day at cooking school over there – why did no one tell me I was a tosser?) I’ll definitely be returning (Ok there was a ten quid complimentary voucher in the goody bag but I swear down it was a nice scran). I know going to independent Liverpool bars and restaurants is being pushed at the moment and that’s a great thing but Wagamama has gorgeous food and friendly, funny staff so maybe they can join Nando’s on the list of acceptable chain restaurants to eat at.
*Wok fried greens, a simple combination of long steamed broccoli teamed with Pak Choi, stir friend with plenty of garlic and soy sauce – a perfect complement to any dish ” – That’s straight from the media release. I should have probably just uploaded the media release too – far more descriptive than me.
You can sample the delicious new Wagamama menu for yourself at: Wagamama, Liverpool One, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8JF
Originally published in OPEN Magazine