Address: The Galeries Victoria/500 George St, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9261 0292
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Wagamama first opened in London’s Bloomsbury in the early ’90s and has since grown to over 90 stores across the world.
The name “wagamama” means “naughty child”, or one who is willful and determined., and the word “determined” is certainly one way to describe founder, Mr Alan Yau, who founded the chain along with restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha, which both have been awarded 1 Michelin star.
The atmosphere at Wagamama is that of a Japanese -styled noodle bar and in fact, this is what Wagamama is modelled on.
The kitchen is open and the sleek wood and large glass windows give the space that modern yet traditional feel that is very Japanese.
The paper place mats serve as seating markers, place mats and a place for waiters to write orders so staff know where to deliver them. It is a cool idea which disposes of the need for tablecloths and table numbers.
Service was nothing to rave about. While MDS and I were promptly seated and our orders were taken quickly, there was no friendliness about the service. It was pure efficiency that brought our food out and took our plates away.
At the end of our meal we weren’t sure whether to call a waitress or go to the counter.
We ended up going to the counter and asking a waitress which table we were (41).
MDS and I decided to order some juices to start.
I went with a pineapple, watermelon and apple juice and MDS ordered a kiwi, and apple juice.
Pineapple, watermelon and apple juice
Kiwi and apple juice
For food, I ordered the Cha Han, a chicken and prawn fried rice with peas, spring onions, corn\, egg and mushrooms. The dish was slightly oily, contained a generous serve of prawns and chicken, was well seasoned and tasty. I really enjoyed the dish and have craved it a few times since. A great replacement for the typical Chinese fried rice!
The dish came with a side of various pickles which added some colour and made the rice a little more interesting. I’m not exactly sure what all the pickles were but if someone can tell me please comment below! ( I think one was cucumber?).
MDS was tossing up between Yaki Soba and Teriyaki Raisu. After I explained that Yaki Soba was noodles and Teriyaki Raisu was rice and suggested Teriyaki Soba as a way to combine the best of both, she went with that option.
The dish was well presented and although difficult for MDS to eat with chopsticks, had a generous portion size. However, MDS did mention that she thought there should have been some more beef on the plate.
Overall, both dishes looked tempting, were made quickly and delivered hot to the table and were full of flavour.
We enjoyed our dining experience and the interesting menu which was different from our usual Thai or Chinese foods.
I’d definitely return here again and would recommend it to friends!
All up our meals were about $25 pp including drinks.
Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 5.5
- Food- 8
- Ambience- 7
- Value – 8