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The internationally renowned wagamama noodle bars boast an eclectic Japanese menu cooked from scratch while you wait. This Islington location is particularly inviting and, like all wagamamas, features the popular communal seating.

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By G.

I visit a Wagamama at least once a week - whether it's this branch or one of the other Wagamama's in town - there's about 20 of them. The noodles are so cheap and fast it's just not worth me making anything at home.

By Sam H.

I ate here with a friend on Sunday - good old, dependable Wagamama dragged us through their glass frontage once more. It was busy and whilst the waiting staff were lovely as usual, the service was patchy at best. We went there because we were starving and wanted food quickly but this was the longest I've ever had to wait in any Wagamama either in the UK or Dublin. People who arrived later were served before us and the Yaki Soba was not up to it's normal standard - slightly soggy with a hint of antiseptic. Shame, as this is always my fallback destination.

By Kelly H.

Wagamama shows up many other chain restaurants with its consistently good, well-priced grub.

The Venue
This branch of Wagamama is located within the N1 Centre but that’s about all that stands it apart from the rest. Inside the ubiquitous long bench tables are ever present, eagerly awaiting row upon row of diners, neatly lined up next to each other. And that’s about as far as the decor goes. Neutral walls and a simple colour scheme do little to lift the sense that the space is more function over style.

The Atmosphere
The good thing about communal tables is it encourages the pleasant hum of conversation. Although Londoners typically hate being too close to strangers (probably something to do with the daily commute when you become all too familiar with your neighbours armpit), this is a set up that works well. It allows large numbers of diners to eat at once without being sandwiched onto too small tables. The staff are worth a mention for the sheer force of will it must take to maintain smiles throughout their shifts whilst simultaneously whisking people in and out several hundred times a day.

The Food
This is why people who normally shy away if a stranger so much as smiles at them are attracted to a place where interaction with your neighbour is encouraged. They do good food here and lots of it. Ramens (that’s soup to you and me), noodles, curries – there’s something for everyone. Particularly good at this branch is the chicken katsu curry (£8.75), comprising chicken breast fried in panko breadcrumbs with a quite-hot and well spiced curry sauce and sticky white rice. It’s simple, it’s well portioned and it’s very filling so you can just have a main course if you’re looking to save money. Alternatively, the chicken ramen (£7.90) impresses with soft noodles in a well seasoned chicken and pork soup with a decent helping of chicken and crunchy seasonal greens adding texture. Well balanced, it’s the most filling soup you’ll have ever tried.

The Drink
The soft drink selection at Wagamama excels, with a larger than usual choice that includes fresh juices. And not just orange juice, vegetable juices, too. If you want a hit of alcohol then sake and plum wine sit alongside red and white wine. There’s a good, well themed choice of beer, too, including Asahi, Tiger, Singha and Kirin Ichiban and a handful of cocktails.

The Last Word
Another location, another hit restaurant. Wagamama keeps drawing in diners and it’s easy to see why.

By James S.

The staff seem eccentric but are very friendly. For those who have not eaten there before, it serves popular Japanese dishes such as noodles and other soup based dishes. The seating arrangement there is formed up from very long benches and so when it gets busy you can find yourself sitting next to someone new which can be interesting. The main courses are very nice but the starters seemed quite overpriced. Their takeaway service to pick up and pay for in the restaurant is quite fast.

By P.

I eat at Wagamama in Islington regularly. The food is always good and the service fine, but the acoustics aren't very good, so all it needs is one group shouting in Wagamama for conversation to be a chore.

By B.

Tonight we dined at Wagamama's on Leicester Square and it was a terrible experience: service was rude, management was very unprofessional, and the food was oily and had several hairs in it. We were all disappointed as Wagamama's has a great PR machine. Suggest you try someplace else.

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