Recently dined at a new Restaurant called wagamama. Its located in the new part of civic- north quarter, bunda street.
We went for dinner and overall it was a pleasant experience. We ordered two mains and two sides. Its a little bit different in that they dont do entree, rather ” sides” which come at anytime. We got our sides half way through our mains which I didnt really like, and think it would probaly be better if they did entree- followed by mains. Apparenly they have adaopted the ways of tradional japanese “ramen bars” and that is how they serve meals.
Onto the food, I had the Teriyaki salmon and you can choose to pay extra for rice. I forgo the rice and I am glad I did, they are massive serves. I thought the it was well cooked and quite nice, not one of the best salmon teriyakis I ve had, but still very good.
My partner had the chicken ramen, which is a noodle/soup style dish, not really my thing but she enjoyed it.
For the sides we had chilli fred squid and gyoza (like little fried dumplings). Both were nice but I wasnt too keen on the squid it was a little too hot for my liking and more quantity than quality.
The staff were very friendly and the service was quick, I just wasnt so keen on the sides coming half way through the meal.
I felt the prices were expensive. For example my salmon was $18 and this came with no rice/sides. If you were to go to say Iori or Wasabi you would pay around the same amount for the same dish, plus miso soup, rice and salad.
But with this said, the salmon was quite a large portion.
I have walked past a few times since and it seems busy so I have no doubts it will be popular, its quite big all around the world, especially in the UK.
For a restaurant just starting up I would say they are definitely on the right track