Love going to Wagamama, been there few times and enjoyed their food a lot. Service is good and price is not bad.
Wagamama isn't a favourite place of mine.
I really like the Katsu curry dish, and the dumplings/ duck gyoza's are usually fairly good. However, a lot of their other dishes aren't that great in my opinion.
Service is usually somewhat lacklustre, and you're often seated far too close to other diners when there is plenty of room elsewhere- especially annoying when there aren't even separate tables and you're sitting with strangers. This arrangement of bench workshop tables is good when you're in a group however.
I find their menu (especially starters) a little overpriced for what the stuff is, and would much rather head 5 minutes down the road and eat at one of the independently owned oriental places in the Chinese Quarter.
Wagamama is my favourite oriental style chain restaurant, and I regularly visit the one by the Bullring, and the one in Solihull.
This one is usually quite busy, and there have been times when we've been told there would be a wait to be seated.
The staff here seem a bit disinterested compared to others I've visited, but the food is always excellent with quick service, and it's always clean.
I'm a bit picky when it comes to Japanese food but on a recent trip to wagamama, left the place fairly satisfied! I had duck ramen and the duck was actually really succulent. We also had chicken karage which was crispy and delicious. They also do a plum wine spritzer which was ok, but as you get to the bottom of the drink it becomes very flavourless. My duck ramen was £12 something so the prices have risen from the last time I came here but overall it was alright!
I love the place... :)
I've enjoyed Wagamama's at the Bullring & in Brindley Place. Both are clean, with nice staff and beautiful food. Nice for a casual lunch or a special evening meal. Try it! 5/5
Wagamama is always great, it tend to be first choice if a group of us are heading to a gig or some other event in the evening and want to be served food quickly! I've always found the ingredients taste fresh and are cooked perfectly - plenty of choice on the menu and the prices are reasonable for most wallets.
This branch of Wagamamas is always busy but I have never had to wait long for a seat to become available on one of their canteen style tables. Menus are given whilst waiting.
If you don't have much time on your hands, I would suggest coming here as the food arrives in good time - fresh and hot! I always struggle to choose a dish as there is so much choice but can recommend the Chicken and Prawn Pad Thai - so tasty and filling too :)
The fruit juices make you feel super healthy - apple, blackberry and ginger is one of my fav's.
The restaurant is always buzzing with diners, which provides a great atmosphere. Service is quick too.
When I am going through one of those days when I know I want some spicy oriental cuisine but cant decide on a restaurant, I always go for Wagamama (You cant go wrong). It says its a Japanese chain but really they serve a lot of Chinese and Thai too (I guess the cuisine is kind of similar) like how Pakistani restaurants serve Indian or Bangladeshi cuisine and the other way round.
The menu has plenty of choice and all the food is absolutely gorgeous. I love the Ramen Noodle soup and Pad Thai noodles (nom nom) and of course the fresh juice they have (perfect for a nice lunch brunch). My favorite branches are the ones at Printworks in Manchester and London South bank (ohh the combination of Thames and Thai). The staff are usually very friendly and always happy to recommend you something you haven't tried before in the menu. But on any weekend evening this place is packed and absolutely buzzing (for obvious reasons).
The restaurants are always clean and the decor is casual and simple. You share the table with a few other people most often so wouldn't say it is very private but I don't mind if I am going for a casual/ quick meal.
Verdict: Delicious Food, Friendly Price and Clean Interiors.
The last time I visited a Wagamama was Solihull in 2007 and for some reason, I've not made it to the one in Birmingham's Bullring and so was delighted when it was offered up as an option for a night out with friends last week.
I'd forgotten how much I like them! Plenty of choice, delicious, freshly cooked food, oh, and freshly made juices (one of my favourite things). The staff are friendly and it was buzzing with conversation and hungry, happy people (no doubt grateful to be in the warm on such a cold night!).
Personally, I quite enjoy the informality of being sat on a bench next to people you don't know. That often brings out the best in people, as I found when my bag decided to sneak off the bench and free dive to the floor, rescued soon after by my neighbours.
If you're looking for tasty Asian food and a nice, relaxed atmosphere, then it's well worth a visit!
More than Americans eat here, but as you can see by my fellow Yanks, we like this place.
I liked it because it's known to me from other venues and they always offer asian comfort food in one fashion or another, the service is good and the prices aren't so bad.
Come and enjoy!
The Wagamama at Brindley Place is part of the chain and is similar in look and feel to all of the others. If you are looking for a great Japanese-themed restaurant with healthy choices, great fresh fruit/veg drinks and delightful tastes; this is it for you. Bench seating and the liklihood of sharing a table might not make this the choice for all but the really pleasant and helpful staff are a real plus. They are keen to help with suggestions if you have difficulty selecting yourself.
Highly recommended for a pre- or post-event meal. This newly opened site is pretty good value and very good quality food and drinks.
this place is always so busy with people, especially at lunchtime, it's mad. but that is what's so much fun about going to wags - you never know who you're going to sit next to! the benches are fun, you hang your coat up on the side, stick your bag under the table and ready to order! food is always yummy - my fave is the pickle salad that comes with some but sadly not all of the dishes. only downside - count the calories. TERRIBLE!!!! thought it was healthy... alas not at all!!
I know Wagamama's is a chain, and cool people hate chains and only love things no one else has heard of, but let's be honest -- Wagamama's does what it does perfectly.
If you've not been into Wagamama before, here's the drill:
You come in, wait to be seated, and are seated on one of the common benches/tables combos shared by all punters. You aren't necessarily sitting uncomfortably close to people, but you are sitting closer than you would at seperate tables.
Someone takes your drinks order as usual, and you look at the menu and order food, as usual. The difference is that your waiter writes down what you had on your paper placemat, and when comes time to pay, they tally it up from the placemat.
Green tea is free with your meal, and there are also a selection of wines and mostly Japanese beers such as Asahi and Sapporo.
The menu is Japanese, with other pan-Asian influences. The Chicken Katsu curry uses a mild Indian curry sauce, not the traditional Japanese curry recipe (but is still darn tasty!).
The Bullring Wagamama's is always really busy, but the queue is never too long, because the bench style seating ultimately provides for more spaces for bums.
The service here is always good, efficient, and never lingering. The other diners are an eclectic mix of tourists and Bullring shoppers, a friendly mix.
The food at Wagamam's is so good, there's literally only one complaint with it, in all the times I've eaten here -- and that's that the food comes out at different times. That's how W's keeps the service so fast, and makes freshly cooked food into a fast food kitchen experience.
So you can be eating your main while your dining companions are waiting for their starter. A little awkward, but the wait doesn't tend to be long enough to warrant complaints.
But the food is great -- freshly prepared, great flavour combos, and the best of Japanese fifth flavour, umami, often ignored in the West, and perfected in the East.
If you're out in Birmingham and want deliciously prepared food in a casual, fun dining style, W's is the place to go.
Wagamama is fantastic, the service is so efficient and the food is always of high quality. The staff are always very pleasant and will serve your food very quick.
There is a very large menu with a selection of different dishes. The food is also very affordable. The interior is not exactly right for a romantic meal as I think is previously mentioned as it is quite simple but modern.
Great if yours shopping in Bullring!
Wagamammas is a great place to go for a spot of Japanese lunch while shopping in the Bull Ring or ideal for a meal on the evening. The prices are very attractive for a restaurant of this type and the food is spot on.
The layout of the reasturant my not be desired by some people as it is benches in rows but i love this as it gives an authentic feel to it.
Highly recommended if you know your Japanese food and not just looking for a 'Special chow Mein' !!
As chain restaurants go, Wagamama is a little more of an unusual dining experience. Seating takes the form of communal dining with benches, meaning you don't get much in the way of privacy. The menu boasts an extensive range of meat, seafood and vegetarian options to suit even the fussiest of eaters.
Staff are incredibly friendly and service is swift. Prices are quite reasonable and the atmosphere is usually buzzing. You're rarely kept waiting, and if you're in a hurry you can expect to be in and out within half an hour.
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Excellent food, have had things go wrong with meal more than average there but it has been very well dealt with so can't complain too much.
The quality of staff has dipped recently from when the branch first opened, but now seems to be getting back up. There are two individuals there though who are truly exceptional though. Hope you end up with them serving you.
Wagamamas are a chain, so there isn't much that needs saying about the menu, or the decor. But this resaurant is a good example of a Wagamama; clean, friendly, efficient.
You can be in and out within 15 minutes - which is good.
If there's more than one of you, then there's a decent chance that your food will arrive at different times, especially if it's busy - which is not so good!
Wagamama is a fantastic restaurant chain and this branch is no different. The service is so fast, and yet the meals served are much healthier than your traditional fast food.
There are meals to suit everyone, from children to meat eating adults and vegans. The food is very reasonably priced and is absolutely delicious. The staff are friendly and attentive, and even remembered my daughter's name throughout our lunch there, which made her day. There were crayons and colouring books on hand to entertain her while we waited, although the food only took about ten minutes to cook.
We'll definitely be back.
If you haven't been yet, you don't know what you're missing out on! Chain it might be, but its the only one in Birmingham - WHY?! - Wagamama should really open at least another couple branches in the city as the Bullring branch now seems very busy almost every night of the week!
The atmosphere is the same as all other Wagamama restaurants - Clean, fresh, modern. Everyone is seated on benches and this 'informal' type of seating without backrests may not be to everyone's taste or comfort (especially older people) but as it is technically 'fast food' and you tend not to sit there for hours, it doesn't seem to pose too many problems. They don't seem to take bookings either so be careful if you're planning on going as part of a big groupyou may have to be seated on several tables. The turnarounds are quite quick however and I've never had to wait very long to be seated.
THE VEGETABLE KATSU CURRY RULES. Definitely. The sides are yummy but can add considerably to your bill. The Ice fruit lollies are a cheap, nice light dessert and are actually quite healthy too being made from real fruit! The Japanese beers are perfect accompaniments but the Miso Soups are nice and cheap and the Green Tea is FREE!
The staff are always friendly the experience will always have you coming back for more.
The place is really nice and the food is amazing.
The layout design is not very comfy to go on a date but good for a really big family day out!
They are very clean and the staff are clean and polite.
The food is served very quicky good for a lunch break can be full up in 30mins.
You can also get 2 for 1 vouchers online for wagamamas and the food is well worth it but it is worth it with out the vouchers in my opinion but its always a nice voucher to have. If you havent been have a try and enjoy the delicious food.
Everytime we shop in Birmingham we look forward to visiting Wagamamas. It is a great place to go for a lunch with friends but avoid for a romantic evening as the layout will mean that you are sitting on benches very close to other diners.
The food is so yummy. Our faves are the Chicken Chilli Men and the Katsu curry with the ginger cheesecake for dessert. The average price per dish is approx £8.50 but is so worth it.
It is nice to sit and watch the chefs hard at work cooking every meal fresh in front of you. Because everything is cooked to order it does mean that your meals arrive at different times so be prepared for this. The decor is modern and contemporary and all in all a very good, highly recommended restaurant.
Wagamma's is a fantastic chain of restaurants which have opened up across England over the past couple of years. This branch is no exception. The food is cheap, fast and healthy.
The menu is wide and varied, it is ideal for large groups of people as everyone will find something they want to eat, be vegetarian, intolerant to various foods or just plain fussy, however at busy times it is recommended that you book as it does get very very crowded and the layout of the tables, low benches alongside a large, narrow table means that you can get very close to your neighbour!
Staff have always been very friendly and helpful in answering any menu queries you may have.
Great to grab a quick, healthy and yummy bite to eat. There can be a large queue for a table but food usually arrives quickly, although often not at the same time as others on your table.
They offer a good range of vegetarian meals and are happy to substitute/ leave out ingredients if you have special dietary requirements. As a vegan, I always request rice noodles, rather than egg noodles with my meals, which is never a problem.
They also offer free green tea with your meals, which is lovely and refreshing!
It is worth signing up to their newsletter as you get sent regular offers for your local branch (eg free drink, 2for 1 on main meals etc)
I've yet to find anyone who doesn't like this place. Ideal for large groups of friends looking to find somewhere to eat quickly. There's usually a queue but there's also a fast turnaround of people so you rarely are waiting for long.
The portions are very generous and taste fantastic. I'd recommend the free green tea while you wait for your food.
Wagamamas is definately worth a visit
go go go if you want cheap food and excellent taste
even if you're a pedantic eater, like me, you will enjoy most things on the menu
Easily affordable and delicious food
I had a great meal there- some sort of soup with noodles in what was probably a bucket!
I love the way its laid out in such a sociable manor, but no good if you were eating on your own like i was- and looking like a right lemon on the end on a massive bench!(billy no mates!)
Bought one of their books though- yet to try using it!
I ate here at least three times a week when I lived in Birmingham. Ginger chicken udon, fresh raw juice, and gyoza. The staff was always friendly, even with my "swipe credit card" If I am not mistaken, there is a parking lot across the street. A few GBP for the hour.
Good food, good prices, it's another Wagamama! As chain restaurants go, Wagamama is one of my favourites.
I like everything about this restaurant. I like the staff who are always polite, warm and welcoming. I like the tables and I like the yaki soba! I tend to go here when I get vouchers for 2 for 1 meals sent through or from a paper, although I do visit without a voucher. The food is delicious and reasonably priced at about £7 for my meal. Be careful when you are asked if you want a drink of water as they will bring out a large bottle and it ends up being nearly as much as the meal at around £3.50. They do a kids menu here and the only complaint I received was that spinach is not nice, but I am assuming if you asked they would do it without. A friend I went with once nearly choked on the ginger as we were so busy talking she did not notice she had put a folk full of pretty much all ginger pieces in her mouth! I always mix mine up straight away now!!
Excellent food if you enjoy this rapid style of dining. Love this place, service is usually efficient and friendly. Squid to start is a winner and all the mains i have tried have always been very tasty. Decent value on food but the drinks are a bit steep - great for a quick bite while shopping or an informal meal with friends.
Expect some great food a quick turn around times. If when you arrive, there is a pretty big queue, don't be tempted to leave as it will not take long for you to be shown to a table. As this is typical oriental food, it is cooked very quickly, so you can order your food and then be eating it in under 5 minutes. There are a number of places like this now, and Wagamma's was the first I visited, and still probably the best.
Great place to stop for lunch during a hard day's shopping in the Bullring next door. As is usual for this chain, service is fast, and unintrusive. Meals are cooked fresh to order, and you should expect meals to turn up as and when they're ready, rather than all the main meals at the same time, for example. A good range of meals to suit all tastes (so long as you like Asian food!), including a decent vegetarian selection.
Not the place for a romantic date, but a good place to go with a few mates for a quick meal before heading out somewhere else.
I have always enjoyed my visits to this Wagamama, which I prefer to the rather anonymous Solihull branch. The service is friendly and the queue at some lunchtimes tends to move quickly. I like the way they just bring food when it's ready - I don't mind others in my party eating before me at all - but I know that some people find this strange! The vegetarian food on the Wagamama menu is really good - the dumplings are particularly good as I find it that you can't get vegetarian dumplings in many places. But I also love the chilli ramen noodle dish - I tend to have that every time I go. What I would like them to do is to change the menu sometimes, I'm not sure it has changed at all since I've been going to this one. Oh and they also do a great kids menu - my little girl really loved the noodles with fish and it's great getting kids to start eating with chopsticks.
One of my favourite restaurant. Great food and great service. Healthy eating at an affordable price for the whole family and friends.
Gorgeous dishes and superb service!
Wagamamas is a popular noodle bar serving Japanese style food so if you have a craving for noodles there is no better place to check out that Birmingham city centre's Wagamamas. It has a real authentic Japanese and oriental essence, vibe and atmosphere to the restaurant. Wagamamas strikes me as a Marmite establishment by which I mean you either love it or hate it, whilst enjoying a bit of fun attempting to tackle the noodles with the iconic Japanese chopsticks I found the seating and interior design incredibly impersonal. As I find that rubbing elbows with strangers is quite awkward, out of my comfort zone and doesn't help when trying to hold conversations with friends. The food itself at Wagamamas I found was below average for a restaurant of its reputation whilst being quite expensive. I decided to try BBQ chicken wings, which were unsatisfyingly dry after being disappointed with my main course; chicken noodle soup.
thurs 21 jan after work had my fav katsui curry veggie and the duck dumplings yummo v noisy but it always is the chicken skewers were delish love the dressing they drizzle over the salad very good enjoyed it red wine smooth please someone help me master chopsticks
wagamamas is the best thing that ever happened to noodles...lol place is great... like there selection at very decent prices.. must have the beef stir fry.. yummm.... can't wait til they have them in Los Angeles
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