Located at the Jubilee Place shopping area of Canary Wharf, this branch of Wagamama is the perfect place to grab a bite while partaking in some retail therapy.
Set above on the mezzanine level, you are in prime view of people watching through the many floor-to-ceiling windows. Décor is clean, simple, and minimalist, with the stand-out colour a teal that's used in the many large columns around the dining area. Recessed lights illuminate tables, shining a spotlight onto your plate. The huge and bustling open kitchen makes for some visual entertainment while you enjoy your meal. Tables are light wood, sit next to long wooden benches and range from small (for two to four people) to those long enough for communal dining.
Staff are friendly and efficient and willing to offer suggestions or explain a menu item. Wagamama’s cuisine seems to attract everyone from business people, to groups, to families, to just about anyone looking for something easy and good to eat.
Edamame (£4.00) are healthy and delicious steamed soya beans which make a great starter or small side. Try them with chilli and garlic to kick-start your appetite. Yaki soba (£7.40) is big portion of teppan fried (cooked on a hot, flat griddle) soba noodles, with chicken, shrimp, egg, onions, peppers, and spring onions. The dish is topped with fried shallots, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds. Though this sounds like a lot of ingredients, all the flavours blend well together and complement each other. A fantastic vegetarian option is yasai katsu curry (£8.05) which is a generous portion of sticky white rice alongside thick, mild, curry sauce and perfectly fried sweet potato, butternut squash, and aubergine. The thin cut vegetables fried in panko breadcrumbs are light, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This vegetarian delight comes with a fresh mixed salad topped with crunchy red pickles.
There is something of a shortage of beverages at Wagamama. You can though choose from fresh juices, soft drinks, cocktails (such as the Fuji club, a miyagi mojito, or the wagamama bellini) beers, wines, plum wines and of course, sake, all served at perfectly reasonable prices.
The Last Word
No matter which of the many Wagamama locations you choose to eat at, you will be satisfied with the delicious, creative, Pan-Asian fare. Their approach to positive eating and positive living really shines through in their innovative menu of healthy and tasty food.