Always busy, always noisy, so please don't complain about the noise. It's quite plain to see from outside that this place is positively heaving for most of the day. It's not surprising given its locale so keep that in mind and remember it's communal tables so don't try to fly while you eat :)
I treat Wagamama as an in and out experience. Order your food, scoff, pay and leave. The seating isn't comfortable and since this one is so crowded all the time, it's probably not a good idea to stay for no reason after you're done eating.
Eating here can be very economical if you steer clear of alcohol and dessert. Chicken katsu is a filling and cheap option, free green tea makes it a complete meal. I don't feel the ramen dishes are as filling but hey, if that's your thing than knock yourself out. Kare lomen is where I think it's at but the Wagamama ramen is pretty decent. Seafood hete is always nice and fresh. Sides and desserts are pricey so I would stay away if you're hoping to get a meal for under a tenner per head.
Wagamama's a safe bet. I will never claim that it's particularly good food but given that it's quick and available just about everywhere in London, it's one of the places I've come to embrace as a sanctuary for the cold, weary and hungry.
I do not understand people's fascination with Wagamama...
This is my second time trying out Wagamama, the last time was many moons ago in Boston (USA). Needless to say, this experience was equally lackluster.
We arrived around 6:30pm on a Monday to a very crowded restaurant. This is obviously not anything against them as this is the way a place in Southbank should be at this time. The girl who served us was ok although she seemed like she really wanted to rush us out. My friend and I hadn't seen each other for a while so we weren't immediately ready to order (she wanted to take our order as soon as we sat down...sorry, I'm not a regular and haven't memorized the menu?)
I ordered pad thai and it was disappointing. No real flavor jumped out at me, it was just a bunch of noodles with some peanuts, prawns, and maybe some chicken (I can't even remember!). We didn't order anything else and the dish was so unremarkable that I can't really comment much further!
For the price, I'd rather go somewhere else.
I will say their one redeeming quality is the free green tea but, to be fair, this is quite watered down and it tough to flag someone down to get more tea or water.
I'll easily wait a few more years (or more, if I can!) before attempting another Wagamama...
Yes, I'm that lame American who loves Wagamama and always eats at one when there's one nearby. I just always enjoy the quality of food, the friendliness of the staff, and the fact it's one of the few places I can nab an elderflower soda - a love I have that isn't quenched at home in Paris.
It was a dreary day, and we were all ready for some hot food, not of the English variety. I'd eaten my fair share of pub food for the previous 10 days and needed something spicy to warm me up on the wet day. I'd remembered this location from a business trip 7 years before, and was happy to find it still there.
We were seated at one of the long tables and had at least 2, if not 3, servers taking care of us. We started with the gyoza and the chili squid. Then two of us had the firecracker chicken, and one had the chili beef ramen. I enjoyed a ginger beer to wash it all down.
Everything was tasty as expected. There was a nice level of spice on the chili squid and definitely for the firecracker chicken. The portion was huge, but I managed to take out mine and some of my friend's. The beef chili ramen was warm and comforting, but not as good as the firecracker chicken in my opinion.
I was craving hot soup on this chilly rainy day. This was my first time here and the ramen soup sounded good, like a katsu ramen soup that I really liked in Atlanta. I ordered the ramen soup with pork. I was pleasantly surprised with the presentation of the food, with a lovely boiled egg, very nice noodles, fresh greens and a good portion of pork slices laid on top of the noodles. I like the wooden ladle spoon. It's great for slurping soup and for adding bits of ingredients in the spoon. The broth had a bit of nutty taste, rich and delicious.
The green tea is free I believe, which is an added bonus, free wi-fi which is helpful for out of towners like me, and excellent customer service. I can't believe people call me "Darling" here, it's like being in the South in the US, which makes the place friendly and inviting. The atmosphere is lively, long benches and tables make the restaurant feel communal. The price of the meal is reasonable. I'm quite satisfied.
When I told a couple of friends that I was headed to London, the first thing they said to me was, "You must go to Wagamama!"
So to Wagamama I went. After a long day of sight-seeing, a nice bowl of ramen was exactly what I was craving. We started with some panko breaded prawns. Those came out seriously quickly. Almost too quickly, which made me wonder if maybe they'd been sitting under a heat lamp for a bit. But they were alright.
After perusing the menu, I decided on the #35. King prawns in a cocunut broth spiced with lemongrass, chili flakes and loads of other stuff. The waiter warned me that this dish was the spiciest item on the menu. But followed that up with, "You'll probably be able to handle it though." Ha! The dish arrived and I survived the spicy. And the price was just right for the healthy portion.
So, it's official: I came, I saw, I Wagamama'ed!
3* due to sickness leading discovery of their ramen.
Normally I have their chicken katsu kare, which I find slightly unsatisfying due to the lack of veg in my kare sauce and the fact that the rice is always overcooked and i always feel that their noodles are swimming in oil, or something... (which would normally render it 2*)
Since I am still diseased, I had a bowl of the wagamama ramen this evening. You see, Chinese people believe in not eating fried food when they are sick because it makes it worse. So amongst fried noodles and curries and spicy food, I could really only choose between salad (hello? what summer are we talking about here? and salad is equally bad when you are sick) or a nice warming bowl of ramen.
Ramen it is then. The broth was actually not bad, a little msg-y but quite tasty. The noodles unfortunately was a bit overcooked and has lost it's bite. Toppings consist of fresh watercress (yum), wakame (too little), pickley something (I love pickle anything, apart from onion!), fish (slightly over cooked), fish cake (yummy), fried tofu (ok) and grilled chicken (sliced too thick). Overall, quite satisfying. I guess it's because I come from the soupy-noodle-side-of-the-world and therefore am pretty picky about ramen...
Unending glasses of free water and cups of free tea was much appreciated by my sore throat.
One thing though, because it is on the south bank strip, it gets mega busy at about 6:30 when everyone comes for a quick bite pre~ whatever they are seeing... and with a "you are not allowed to move inside when it rains" policy, it gets pretty hectic and noisy inside the inside part of the restaurant especially with unpredictable english summer weather.
My mom and I popped in here for some lunch after a trip on the eye. The place was busy and extremely noisy, but we were able to get a spot tucked away at the end of the place that provided a little shelter from the noise.
The service is fast and friendly, and there are lots of menu items to choose from. I had something along of the lines of ginger chicken and pan fried soba noodles. The portion was large, and while my dish lacked some flavor overall I felt it was pretty good value for the price.
I also liked that they had free Wifi.
Wagamama is what it is - curries, noodles and ramen. I personally always order one of the ramen soups - they are huge and tremendously filling! You can't go wrong!
This location, despite its queues, is probably one of my favourite. It's so nice to be able to sit, look out the windows, and people watch. Lots to see in such a touristy area! Even with the hustle and bustle, the staff aren't kicking you out or rushing you onwards, which is nice.
Do be prepared for a wait.... The most I've ever had to queue is 30 minutes, but I'm sure it can be a lot longer!
Wagamama, of the three times I have visited London in the last 12 months, this is the only restaurant that I have visited on each trip. In fact, it was in this location. Since it is along the river (as opposed to where the Yelp map place marker states). It is the perfect stop after a long walk around London wearing your jeans, t-shirt and scarf. That is what you do, right?
Atmosphere- communal, crowded, noisy, friendly. I have eaten inside each time I have gone here, though there is a perfectly good outdoor eating area. Wooded benches help you to eat and exit quickly, while a paper placemats catch your spills.
Service - Fast, fast, friendly and fast. Although most restaurants in London do not encourage tipping like in the states, hence, there is usually poor service. I think here they pay lower in anticipation that the customer will tip. I did.
Food - Asian inspired, simple, delicious, and spicy (if so desired). I enjoy their Chilli Beef Ramen. It is so flavorful even though I usually spice it up even more with the side sauces located at the table. I always wash this meal down w/ a Diet Coke. Hmmmm, it so simple and oh so tasty. To eat this dish you can use either chop sticks or a bamboo ladle. I used a ladle, I am lazy.
Price - Again, the conversion rate kills the American. £10.60 for the dish and a £1.90 per coke (no free refills in London) comes out to $35 w/ tip. The same meal in Boston (yes, I found two locations in the US) would cost me $15.95 w/ tip.
Overall - Despite the price of the meal, I always have a great and enjoyable time at this spot. Now, how about bring one to the Queen City located here in the US (i.e. Charlotte, NC).
A great Wagamama in the heart of London - right on the bank of the Thames.
It's a fairly big outlet and always seems to be very busy.
For the amount they serve, the staff are very quick and very attentive.
Just be prepared to queue outside at peak times.
This place, we happened to stumble upon, was a quick fix to our hunger pangs after a long day out in the city.
Kinda cool canteen-like atmosphere. Loud, boisterous and crowded on a regular week night.
After been seated, we scanned the room in search of dishes that might pose of interest to us. We ended up ordering what seemed like popular dishes-the chicken curry katsu over rice and yasai chilli-men. Hmmm, not the worst that I have had. They were all right. A bit on the saltier side with a little too much on the sauce to noodles/rice ratio but portions were large and I was hungry. Prices were reasonable if I didn't have to convert them from dollars to pounds. Service was quick and efficient. Packed with carbs and starches, we went in and out in a jiffy. Full but not super satisfied.
we started with the pork ribs *NEW* and it was so delicious, also with the gyoza which are steamed and then pan fried for a nice crunch.
I had the Teriyaki Soba with salmon and received a big portion of salmon with a lovely teriyaki glaze and a load of noodles and bok choy. Very very tasty with some chilli oil.
Japanese noodle bar that does a great value dinner, but then noodles aren't exactly expensive to prepare. The service is fine, very rushed and there to deliver orders, clearly not to look after the customers. The seating arrangement is long benches at long dining tables shared by all which creates a buzzing, cosy and casual atmosphere. Great for a quick healthy dinner, not great for a romantic meal or a long boozy lunch.
They don't do starters but have some really nice fruit smoothies for £2.95, try the apple and lime juice for a refreshing kick. For main course I'd recommend the Ginger chicken udon which costs £7.75.
Whatever people say about Wagamama, I still find it a great place to eat. The food is never disappointing, the portions are just right and the service is quick. The food is probably not the most authentic Japanese, but since it is Alan Yau's first affordable restaurant, the food quality is great and tasty. The restaurants have a very cafeteria feel to them: they are often noisy, busy, and you will probably end up sitting next to a stranger. The service is rather quirky as well since the waiters flit about the tables and scribble your orders on your place matt.
I have tried a few things in Wagamama, and although I have enjoyed them all I tend to stick to the same meals now. Simple but efficient: edamame beans, chicken Katsu curry or chicken etame, with an apple and lime juice. mmmmmmmm...
This is by far my favourite Wagamamas by far, simply because of its setting. The Southbank is a really exciting place to be, with artsy stuff going on all the time. And in the summer, just sitting out here with friends on the big benches and scoffing loads of Wagamama goodness.
Wagamama's food is just nice and I know it is a chain, but I can't help feeling like the meal has been cooked for me personally. I think it might be because you can see all the cooks at works with their woks. I used to always go for Chicken Cha Han, but now I tend to have some of the spicier curries or crispy noodle dishes. You can't really go wrong. Also, the gyoza dumplings are a must as a starter, dipped in spicy sauces. You get free green tea aswell. Also, sorry to go on, the apple and kiwi fresh juice is sublime, and the watermelon when in seasn. For pudding, the ginger cheesecake can finish you off, seriously!!
So yes, wagamamas will always please, and this particular one is a delight.
Getting my Wagamama fix was a bright spot when our 2 hour layover at Heathrow turned into a 2 day layover due to that damn volcano.
We'd been in Germany and Austria, so I'd had enough pork, sausage and potatoes for the next few months. A steaming bowl of ramen noodles with tofu and veggies was just the ticket. I love the ginger chicken udon noodles, the chilli chicken ramen, and the other dish I had which now escapes me (green curry broth with tofu, I requested ramen noodles instead of rice noodles, and they were happy to oblige).
Please, please, bring Wagamama to Chicago!
This place is SO loud inside on the weekends, you're better off asking to sit at the outside tables if you fancy a conversation without shouting everything twice. Nevertheless, Wagamama's trademark you know what you're getting menu still satisfies, with my Yasai (Vegetable) Katsu curry going down nicely with lots of free green tea.
With so many places to choose from in this area, we ended up at Wagamama's as the queue for tables at peak time was one of the shortest due to the quick customer turnaround. We only had to wait for 10 minutes at 8.15pm, which was fantastic as we were absolutely ravenous.
Dinner costs around £10 per head. Bear in mind that food is served as it's cooked, so your dining partner may get their dinner before you do - not a problem if you don't mind sharing.
I'm not sure what you guys make of this, but until this weekend, I'd never been to Wagamama's before. I know I know, how is that possible?
Well, it just never really struck me as somewhere I wanted to go.
And does it now? I'm not sure. The chicken katsu curry I had was fine, the chicken was yum actually, but the curry cause was pretty rubbish and I like my curry to have something in the sauce - veg or onion or something. It's was just a bit gloopy. But it was yum and i was starving after accidentally getting drunk in the Royal Festival Hall in the middle of the afternoon.
The dumplings on the other hand, were fantastic. Really amazing. I've been inspired to learn how to make dumplings coz they're yummy.
The staff were lovely. Very attentive, but a bit forgetful. It was packed in here so i'm not surprised.
Dinner for two, twenty quid and twenty minutes later and we were back out in the cold feeling full up and a little more sober.
I'm not sure I'll make Wagamama's a regular haunt, but it might be handy to remember next time I'm drunk in the afternoon.
We visited Wagas last night and as ever, were pretty impressed. I'd met my partner early to have a quick bite to eat before headin' off to the NT for a play.
We met at 7pm and had planned to eat at Ping Pong, however PP was packed and they were turning people away and saying no tables for an hour. Southbank is buzzing now with restaurants and bars so we didn't think it'd be a problem getting a table elsewhere. Unfortunately Soutbank on a Tues night (even in hard hit times!) at 7pm is BUUUSSSY! We ventured into the NT to have a look at their in-house restaurants, but after taking a look at the Pizza & Pasta canteen (food looked like it had been on hot plates all day - not good!), The Mezzanine restaurant (pristine white table cloths - fine dining; not good for a quick, informal dinner!) we decided to play it safe and head to Wagamama.
Wagas never fails to disspoint (and I've been to many right across London!). There was a cue out of the door, but we were given a menu and told we'd be seated in less than 15mins, which we were and ready to order! Our order was taken quickly and within minutes I had my raw juice, glass of water and yaki udon in front of me and was diggin' in - now that's what I like about Japanese canteen style restaurants - quick, efficient, fresh, hot tasty food and all served by friendly, quick staff - perfect pre-theatre restaurant!
I'd give this place 5 stars as the food was, as usual, absolutely delicious. I had the miso ramen, which I tried to manage all of and failed, resulting in my waddling around holding my tummy like a heavily pregnant lady for the rest of the evening, but the service was really unimpressive.
I get Wagamama, I do. It's informal dining. But it doesn't mean it's ok for a waiter to stick his elbows on the empty space opposite you and breathe in your face. Nor do I expect us all to have our food before our drinks. I don't like incredibly informal service, and that's what we got, and that's why I can't give a full 5 stars - dude with the super trendy hair and attitude, sort it out.
First of all, I'm usually not a fan of less traditional takes on Japanese cuisine, but Wagamama really hits the spot. It's definitely a new twist to the low-key Japanese cafe/ramen bar type of places. The menu itself covers everything from ramen, yakisoba, cha han rice dishes, and curry. The amai udon here is my favorite yaki udon I've ever had. It was packed with flavor and the tofu and shrimp made it a nice and hearty dish.
This location has a large dining hall feel to it. The atmosphere is fun and modern, and the benches give it a very casual and communal touch.
I don't know how Wagamama does it, but they're able to give fresh flavors to traditional dishes without veering too far from the original. It's a risk to mess with comfort food, but Wagamama does it well. Great quality, amazing flavors, and good variety. Man, I miss this place.
This is a great chain for lunch; good quality and consistently delivered Asian cuisine. Very decent noodles; modern decor; very adequate service.
A great way to have fairly 'fast' food which is also healthy and enjoyable.
The food is great and you won't waite very long for it.
If you are very hungry,near waterloo and can't waite for food, then Wagamama is the place for you.
I went to Wagamama several years back so I honestly dont remember which location I went to but this place is awesome. From what I remember it is family style seating with long benches and tables. The server took our order on a wireless device that puts the order right through to the kitchen. They have great ramen. I wish they had this place in the states!
I had some sort of udon noodles with chicken.. If I could remember exactly which dish it was, then it would merit this restaurant 5 stars. I just remember thinking "I could make this myself..." It was okay. The experience was cool and it was nice to sit outside the millenium wheel. I would probably go back, just because the name is cool. And we don't have one in Vancouver. However, I typically am not a fan of chains.
The food was a little bit too salty, but it certainly wasn't the worst yakisoba I've ever had. The edemame is way overpriced.
Waited 45 minutes for our (large) group to be seated, which wasn't great because I was hungry. They at least brought us drinks outside. The food was pretty good. A bunch of child-hooligans ran through while we were waiting to be seated, which was odd. They got kicked out because they tried to steal the tips. That's a BIG no-no.
It cannot get better than Wagamamas. Multiple branches around London but my favourite by far is the Southbank one, by the Embankment. Perfect dinner spot before watching a production at The National that is only a couple of steps away or simply for enjoying a pleasant night by the Thames; everything about this joint is phenomenal - the atmosphere, the crowd and the staff; who admittedly, adore me!
To top it all off - you don't have to worry about running a mile along the Embankment to work the fat off! Wagamamas' entire ethos revolves around the concept of healthy food that is phenomenal to taste [yes, I said it! Didn't think you'd be hearing of such a combination, did ya?!] It's true. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself and become a Wagamama convert like the rest of us...it's not just food, it's a religion!!
I often choose Wagamama when I am in a rush at is so fast and easy food. But also because of the busy atmosphere I think it is great place for lunch but can't imagine having dinner there.
My favorite dishes are the soups, served in enormous bowls and are definitely worth the money. When ever I have tried their other dishes I have just disappointed. Is has been more just rise or noodles than actual veggies or meat or what ever the main dish was suppose to be. The deserts are funny sounding, wasabi chocolate cake and ginger cheese cake, but I can sure you that very delicious!
One great tip! You can have free green tea with mains if you just ask. (printed very small in the menu)
Nifty little place! My uncle brought me here to eat. I loved the setting and the food wasn't so bad either. It Japanese fast food and I really enjoyed it! I can't remember what I ordered but I do remember thinking that everyone should try their ice cream desserts!
I too wish they had Wagamama in Chicago. I hit these when I am in London. It appears to be a somewhat small chain. Real good big bowls of spicey soups with noodles and whatever meat you want. Very filling and not too costly.
I used to eat all the time in Wagas before I had kids - usually in the evening - and now I'm a parent I LOVE The fact that it's one of the most child friendly restaurants I can take my 2 and 4 year old too. Fab kids menu, no shortage of high chairs, fast service - lovely staff. It's a pleasure for all of us to eat. I hate going to kid friendly restaurants and having to eat fast food myself - the food at Wagamamas is as always, healthy, excellent and within budget. A highlight of any visit to the South Bank
Who knew a chain could be so consistent! The line was out the door on this particularly chilly evening. Tasty asian fusion served at communal tables. The waiter writes your order in a cryptic sanskrit on the place setting and somehow it all comes out from the kitchen piping hot, though not at the same time (my one complaint). Anyway it was so good it made me forget that our Valentine's Day "Plan A" turned out to be a royal bust!
Really nice looking place. Comfortable and clean and bright. I, unlike others, didn't like the Duck Gyoza (dumplings) at all. I wasn't expecting them to be sort of sweet, and they were. I got Yaki-udon, and I guess part of my problem is that they name the dishes in a traditional way, but what you get ain't traditional at all. So calling this dish yaki-udon, but what you get is far from what you'd get in Japan - this is what I don't really enjoy. When it says "yaki udon" - I expect "yaki udon", but it had peanut sauce in it and some other non-Japanese flavours.
The coconut ice cream was great. My waiter was really good. The beer was not cold, but is that how it always is in the Uk? I would give this place another shot and go in there with a different attitude and not expect the dishes to be traditional at all, even though they are named as such. I'd like to try some other items on the menu.
Yes it's a chain and there are a million of Wagamamas all over london...sort of like our Starbucks. I still love it though, esp. this location in the summer. I love the curry fried rice and lounging outside on the picnic tables. It's pretty cheap, fast and the service is super efficient and friendly. Good spot for a quick no frills lunch and if you want to make their stuff at home, you can buy the Wagamama cookbook.
While I try to avoid chain restaurants, this Wagamamas is well placed on the South Bank with lovely views over the river. The food was well cooked although slightly dry. Staff were slightly abrupt and brisk, but this is to be expected as the place was rammed when I visited. Nevertheless the cheap food and excellent location more than makes up for this gripe, as long as you dont have to queue too long!
Very good branch of this popular Asian food chain. Situated on the south bank, in the Royal Festival Hall complex, this is an ideal place to go for food before heading into the National Theatre, or into the West End. It does get very busy with the pre-theatre crowd, so be prepared to queue if you go in the early evening. Despite this, the staff are always pleasant and friendly, service is efficient, food is very good.
An excellent way to start an evening out in London.
This is a great place if you want some asian food fast. It has a canteen style layout, so you may end up sitting next to someone you do not know, but if you can put up with not having your own table then you may enjoy it. The food itself is pretty good, it comes fairly quickly. They have plenty of great noodles and I am especially fond of thier chicken katsu curry. The prices are a tad bit pricey, however, with a 2for1 voucher it works out to be pretty cheap!
Its Wagamama's. You know what you're getting. Affordable decent food but the impression that thy want you to eat and get you out the door. Nothing wrong with that - its good food quickly. I like this. However not a place for anything unusual or to take a first date. If you have never been to Waga's then it always seems to impress on its meals and value
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