Where would you expect to find a queue of diners snaking out the door on a Monday night? At Wagamama, of course! Since this franchise landed on our shores, it has become a much-loved Japanese institution amongst both locals and expats. Sitting on the cusp of Spinola Bay, the glass facade draws diners in. Enter through the welcoming doorway, ensconced in lodge style wooden paneling, past the industrial kitchen where skilled chefs bandy while tossing their ingredients on a colossal teppanyaki. Reed patterns on partial glass partitions lead you down the passage past the showcase bar to the muted grey tones and funnel lighting of the dining area. The jocular tempo of the energetic team is contagious.
The separate vegan and vegetarian menu demonstrates Wagamama’s desire to be at the forefront of the zeitgeist. Whet your appetite with delicate fried duck gyozas and mixed mushroom and panko aubergine hirata buns to share. Delicious prawn lollipops washed down with a positivity juice embody Wagamama’s brilliant concept of letting the freshest of ingredients speak for themselves. Drizzle some chilli oil over your salmon teriyaki soba noodles allowing a rich range of flavours to emerge, accompanied by the unique taste of dry Japanese beer. A creamy raisukaree chicken opens your taste buds to a new world of curry. Soothe the palate by savouring a lime and mint vegan ice-cream washed down with inimitable plum wine.