I love food. Like love food with a passion. I’m up for trying absolutely anything (with limitations I guess… but I haven’t quite discovered those yet). So, when wagamama* came to me with news of their new vegetarian and vegan menu and asked me to give it a try I jumped at the chance! (Seriously guys, I was so excited. I love wagamama and food in general and I thought it was a scam at first. It seemed too good to be true).
So, this month, I am reviewing the wagamama vegan/veggie menu as part of my monthly review series. This is the series where I go in depth, and analyse:
Just in case you don’t know who wagamama are, “innovative and inclusive casual dining experience”. They model themselves after Japanese noodle bars, with the same rich Asian flavour. I’ve been to wagamama many times (it’s actually my sister’s favourite restaurant). However, their vegan and veggie menu has only been around since the 4th October. So, I got to go in and stray from my usual order.
Though the vegan/veggie options are all included on the main menu, you are able to ask for a separate menu specifically listing all things vegetarian and vegan if you want to make things a little simpler for yourself. I personally think that this is a great idea.
The sides range from £3.75 to £5.75, the mains range from £8.50 to £10.95, and the desserts range from £4.25 to £5.95. So, I’d say it’s mid-range pricing. It’s not too expensive but it’s not fast food cheap (Obviously… Because it’s not fast food).
On entering, I noticed 2 things. Firstly that the service was amazingly friendly (shout out to the wagamama Cabot Circus staff), and secondly, that this menu offers more than I thought it would. There were:
I wanted to try a selection of as much as I could so I could give the best review possible. Therefore, I had 2 different starters/sides (shared with the friend I went with), 1 main, and 2 desserts (again, shared with my friend).
I’ve tried bang bang chicken before and I liked that, so I figured the cauliflower one would be similar. I was far from disappointed. This was probably my favourite thing on the menu. It was packed with taste and a little bit spicy, you got a pretty great portion size, and I really didn’t feel like I was eating cauliflower! Vegetables without the feel of vegetables are my favourite kind, and that was exactly what it was.
I didn’t have this, but my friend did and I gave hers a taste. The (non-veggie) Katsu Curry seems to be most people’s staple wagamama choice, so this vegetarian version had a lot to live up to. Same rice, same sauce, but the chicken was replaced with fried sweet potatoes, aubergine and squash coated in panko breadcrumbs. I tried a bite of the sweet potato slice, and honestly, it could rival the chicken version.
This was not as chocolately as I was expecting, which fortunately stopped it being overly rich. The top layer was beautifully and chocolately, and topped various layers of sponge, and cream. In fact, it vaguely resembled the taste of a Ferrero Rocher. I, a Ferrero Rocher lover, was a big fan.
The Duck Gyoza on the meat menu is probably my favourite thing from wagamama. So, I of course had to see if the vegan version would compare. It seems like wagamama are just experts when it comes to Gyoza. They could put anything in them and I would eat them. The vegan ones had great flavour. I wasn’t a massive fan of the sauce it came with (too vinegary for my liking), but this didn’t impact the meal.
This was a bit of an impulse order for me. Essentially, the picture on the menu looked really good so I thought I’d give it a try. The portion was absolutely massive – you definitely get value for your money. It was packed with taste, the noodles were massive and plenty, and I loved the range of vegetables. I’m a big mushroom lover so it definitely catered to me. This was my first time trying tofu, and I won’t lie, I don’t think I’m a fan. However, it was easy to push it to the side and enjoy the rest of the meal.
I’m not a big sorbet fan, but they had 2 vegan sorbets, and I felt like I had to try out a vegan dessert. Therefore, I decided to split the passion fruit sorbet with my friend as somewhat of a “palette cleanser”. I was so pleasantly surprised! It was gorgeously refreshing, and exactly what I needed after the amount of food I’d eaten. I’m not sure if I even like guava, but I sure do like it in the sorbet. To quote my friend who I went with, “I’d come back just for the sorbet alone to be honest”.
Firstly I think it’s great that wagamama have created a separate vegan/vegetarian menu. It makes things much simpler for people who don’t eat meat. I’ve been to restaurants with my vegan/veggie friends and watched them scroll through the menu, reading the ingredients intently, determining what they can eat and what they can’t. This takes out the middle man, and gives them a whole menu worth of edible goodness!
I’m not vegan or vegetarian, and yes I do eat meat, but I can easily go days without it. There are definitely things on this menu that I would get over a meatier option!
The bang bang cauliflower was an absolute favourite, and may have to be added to my typical wagamama order! wagamama have done an excellent job of proving that food can be just as tasty as its meaty counterpart without the meat/animal product. Would I recommend? Strongly. Would I go back and order some of this again? Definitely.
If you like the look of any of the foods I’ve mentioned, go along to wagamama and give their new menu a try! Not only do you get so much food, but it’s super filling, incredibly tasty, and doesn’t exactly break the bank!
Thanks so much for sticking along to the end! I know that these reviews are always super long, but I like to provide the most detail I possibly can. I want to give another massive thank you to wagamama UK for reaching out to me about this. You have no idea how much it made me smile! I still see myself as a tiny blogger and to have such a big brand (That I’ve loved for years!) want to work with me is crazy, but so so amazing! Definitely gonna go back for more of that cauliflower…
What are your favourite wagamama meals? I’m curious, and up for trying some more new ones!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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