Wagamama Soho – great value, nourishing fast food

It’s almost 20 years since Wagamama first opened in London (Bloomsbury branch) and now they’re almost the McDonalds of the fast-food Japanese noodles world. They are everywhere.

Having learnt from experience that some branches are better than others (Covent Garden – a newer branch – is best avoided as service on my visits has always been terrible and my parents got food poisoning there once) we opted to eat at the reliably good Soho branch this evening.

Between us we had yaki udon (teppan-fried udon noodles in curry oil with chicken,
prawns, chikuwa, egg, beansprouts, leeks, mushrooms and peppers. garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and sesame seeds) @ £8.05, amai udon (teppan-fried udon noodles in a sweet tamarind sauce with prawns, egg, tofu, beansprouts, red onions and leeks. garnished with peanuts and lime) @ £8.05 and a chicken ramen (noodles in a chicken and pork soup topped with grilled chicken breast and seasonal greens, garnished with menma and spring onions) @ £8.05, along with refreshing asahi beer and sparkling elderflower drinks.

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No.42 – yaki udon

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No.43 – amai udon

I was reminded just how great Wagamama can be! It’s good value, healthy and very tasty food. At the Soho branch, service was really good and obliging – one member of our party didn’t want peanuts on their noodles, so they were served on the side with another person’s noodles (and no, it was nothing like Smithy having fish and chips with chips).

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Japanese, noodles
~ Address: 10a Lexington Street, London
~ Postcode: W1F 0LD
~ Tel: 020 7292 0990
~ Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
~ Website: Wagamama website
~ Menu: Menu – as of Aug 2011
~ Location: Wagamama Soho map

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