Let’s talk about Wagamama. Inspired by fast-paced, Japanese ramen bars and the delicious flavour of Asian food, Wagamama has always been one of my go-to restaurants in Exeter. Even if Ollie and I don’t fancy leaving the house, we’ll use Deliveroo to get it delivered straight to our door! What I love about this unique eatery is that the menu consists of real, honest food with dishes made from the freshest ingredients and infused with the most delicious flavours. Wagamama offers something that is hard to find anywhere else and that is why it’s such a success.
I was invited by the Princesshay team to try-out their brand new summer menu. I couldn’t wait to see what they had to offer and was looking forward to tasting some brand-new dishes.
First up were a variety of small side dishes. We got to try the Tama Squid, Mixed Mushrooms and Panko Aubergine Hirata Steamed Buns, Edamame with Salt, Tori Kara Age and a couple of Gyoza’s.
My absolute favourite dishes out of this selection were the Tama Squid and the Steamed Buns. The Tama Squid balls were so lovely and crispy, they just crumbled in your mouth and they were bursting with a gorgeous fishy flavour. Sometimes I find that restaurants overcook squid and they end up with little flavour but these were really delicious. The Steamed Buns were so light and fluffy and not to mention, super cute! I could definitely see myself enjoying a couple of these on a hot summer’s evening. I don’t like Edamame so stay cleared of that one. The Gyoza’s were ok but not my favourite – I found the flavours quite strong and they just weren’t to my taste. The Tori Kara Age (seasoned crispy chicken pieces dressed and served with a spiced sesame and soy sauce garnished with lime) were lovely. The chicken was nice and moist so melted in your mouth and the flavours really complimented each other.
Next came out the brand new salads – Chicken Harusame Glass Noodle Salad and a vegan version made with tofu. These were so scrummy. This is a plate of glass noodles, mixed with ginger and lemongrass, chicken, kale, edamame, adzuki beans, mangetout, blackened carrots and pea shoots topped with fresh mint, crispy fried shallots and dressed with a spicy vinegar. I’ve never had glass noodles before but would definitely have them again. They gave the dish a bit of substance but didn’t over power the salad making this one a perfect meal for if you aren’t feeling too hungry.
If that wasn’t enough food, we got to then choose anything we wanted from the main menu! I was stuffed full by this point but couldn’t resist the new Vegatsu. I went for this one as I’m a massive fan of the Wagamama Katsu Curry – I literally order it every time. I was interested in trying this new vegan version as I wanted to see if it tasted significantly different. I wasn’t disappointed. The Vegatsu was delicious. The sauce tasted exactly like the regular Katsu Curry. The only thing that was different was that the chicken was replaced with Seitan. I have to say, I prefer Seitan to tofu as it has a little more flavour. I didn’t miss the chicken at all!
To wash all this scrumptious food down, I went for the new Nix and Kix Mango and Ginger sparkling drink. I loved this! Honestly, I think it might be my new favourite drink. Perfectly chilled and refreshing, Nix and Kix drinks all have a touch of cayenne pepper in them to boost your metabolism and are completely natural.
Thank you to Wagamama, Princesshay and One Voice for hosting us. Overall, the new summer menu has a great range of dishes, all perfect for those hot days. The glass noodle salads would make a perfect light lunch and the Vegatsu would be ideal to warm you up on a rainy day.
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