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Superb Japanese rice and noodle dishes, fresh juices and premium Japanese beers in a sleek, minimalist environment.

Ranked #3186 of 5241 restaurants in London
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By G.

All praise Wagamama - home of cheap nourishing noodles!!!!! Wagamama is noodley fabulous, noodley excellent, noodley king of the world!!!!!!

By H.

The food at Wagamama's is average, most people think it's good because they have not tasted proper Japanese/Chinese Oriental food thinking it's all about monkey's brains.

Well these are the people who miss out because although Wagamama does noodles it's as western as you can get. The staff are usually really stuck up too unless you're willing to flirt with them.

By Fong C.

Huge portions, lashings of soy sauce and fast service have made wagamama a firm favorite. With a handful of branches across London, its Leicester Square faces the extra challenge of being one of the busiest.

The Venue
There’s an unassuming, small front, which could easily blend in among the other restaurant chains, but once you go down the stairs you’ll be greeted by a large dining room, simply buzzing with activity. Seating is canteen-style with large benches and staff have a tendency to group diners together, even when it’s quiet. You’ll often find yourself eating elbow-to-elbow.

The Atmosphere
Nine times out of ten, when you visit wagamama, you’ll be faced with a queue, but it rarely last more than ten minutes. The staff, to their credit, are efficient and good-humored.

The Food
wagamama made its name by serving up mammoth portions. It’s slightly off-kilter, Anglicised Japanese food. There’s no sushi on the menu, but there’s still plenty of seafood and a small selection of desserts. Mains are about £7 to £10 a dish. One of the most popular dishes is the chicken katsu curry, basically breaded chicken in curry sauce with boiled rice. There’s a vegetable version with butternut squash, sweet potato and aubergine, too. It escapes the pitfall faced by many other curries and is not too spicy or too sloppy - just right, to quote Goldilocks.

The ramen noodles are so huge it verges on the ridiculous. They tend to blur into the same miso flavor, but they certainly fill a hole. The stir-fried options are also served up on hefty plates but again suffer from problem that they all taste the same. Desserts may not be the most traditional, but they capture the flavours of Japanese food and add an interesting twist. The ginger and white chocolate cheesecake, for example, suffers from being a bit too gooey, but the warming sensation of the ginger plus the sweet white chocolate make a brilliant partnership – even if it’s not a 100-year-old recipe.

The Drink
Healthy carrot, apple and orange juices feature prominently on the menu. Booze-wise there’s a nice selection of crisp Japanese beers, like Asahi, and a plum wine which is as sweet as it is strong. Sake is also served, cold and extremely drinkable.

The Last Word
wagamama consistently performs, and it performs well, delivering quality food. It may not be the best setting for an intimate meal, but you’ll always know what you’re getting – and know what you’re getting is good.

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