Monday, 25 April 2016

Wagamama | First Try

I've had this post done for ages. I've just been so busy with classes starting back that I haven't had time to go over it and check it is all okay, so I do apologise!

Over the spring break, hate calling it that as it sounds dead American, I travelled back home to spend time with my family and friends to totally chill and disconnect from my new city life as it was getting a bit too much for me anxiety wise. After a week of this I will admit I was starting to miss it so my bestfriend, Kirsty, and I decided we'd go back to Glasgow and meet up for some lunch and that's what we did.

Kirsty and I don't go out for lunch often as we are taking seperate classes at different campuses but we see each other everyday as we live in the same halls, because of this we decided we go somewhere a bit 'special' instead of the usual KFC... We walked up Buchanan street discussing where we could go and what we felt like and we couldn't decided. We ended up at a place called Bread Meets Bread but it was going to be a 25 minute wait and seeing as we couldn't be bothered we went somewhere else and I'm honestly so glad because we ended up at Wagamama.



The Glasgow branch is on West George Street and is huge! I don't know if all Wagamma are that big but there you go. We got seated pretty quickly and the first thing I noticed was that we were sitting beside complete strangers. On one side was two women on their lunch break who sat and talked about their boss the whole time and on the other side was a father and daughter. This was dead weird and I'm really bad for sitting and listening in to other people's conversation and was dead conscious that they were listening to mine and Kirsty's one!

Everything on the menu looked amazing and the smell in the place was incredible. Kirsty and I took ages in decided what we wanted. Lots of people had these big bowl things and we discovered that these were ramen dishes. That's what I decided to go with and got the Wagamama Ramen which is
grilled chicken, barbecued pork, prawns, chikuwa and mussels in a miso, ginger and chicken noodle soup topped with half a tea-stained egg, menma and spring onions. It tasted amazing and smelt amazing. I honestly can't praise it enough! I'm really glad that I chose that but it was dead filling and really interesting to eat what with all the different things in it.


Kirsty is just as bad at making decisions as I am but in the end she went with what the man beside her was eating, Yaki Soba which is soba noodles with chicken and prawn, egg, peppers, beansprouts, white and spring onions garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and sesame seeds. This was a Teppanyaki dish which  is effectively a sort of stir fry. When ordering the women told us that this was the stores most popular dish. Kirsty said it was so good and I definitely want to try it after seeing and smelling it!

It took us ages to decided what we wanted to eat because everything looked so good on the menu as well as it all looking so foreign. When it was our time to order we hadn't even looked at drinks but our server suggested their fresh juices and it was such a good suggestion! I got the Fruit Juice which had apple, and passion fruit in it and Kirsty got the Blueberry Spice Juice which was blueberry, apple carrot with a spice of ginger. We both had a try of each other's and they were so tasty! 


We didn't plan to get any side orders and in hindsight we probably didn't need them what with their main dishes being so filling but we did get them! Kirsty got Duck Gyoza which is duck dumplings with a dipping sauce and I got Chilli Squid which is pretty self explanatory. In the end we shared the two sides and they were both so tasty! The Chilli Squid was super spicy so maybe avoid that if you aren't so keen on spicy food!



Our time at Wagamama was really good if not a bit strange at times. Why you may ask well we noticed everything we ordered a number would be written on the place mat it took us ages to notice that all of the dishes were numbered so if you claimed they had brought the wrong food then they had proof they didn't! Another strange thing was that the food came as soon as it was ready like my main dish came before any of the sides or Kirsty's main dish. I felt a bit awkward with my dish and Kirsty not with her's so I didn't start until we both had them.

Wagamama describe their food as; fresh, lively food (with soul) and I couldn't agree more! I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu! It you haven't gone then I really recommend you do!

Catriona...