47 reviews of Wagamama in English
Ive been here about 3 times in total, and i have loved it each and every time. Its very busy at lunch time so if you want to get served quickly, i recommend avoiding the place between 1-2pm as it gets rammed!
Very tastey fresh food. Very enjoyable indeed!
mmm I love wagamamas!!! Been coming here for years now. Number 71, chicken katsu curry is my dish :) followed by a chocolate fudge cake. the staff are nice, and we bring our hearing dog in sometimes (as partner is deaf) and they are so helpful, they even always ask if the dog needs a bowl of water and if she's ok, etc. Really caring people. I like the way that they try to encourage you to use chopsticks, and the way the seats are set out so you sit close to other people.
I rarely have a bad experience here. For a casual cafe style restaurant it sure hits the spot for a quick spot of lunch/dinner. Not an ideal spot for a romantic meal but great for maybe a 2nd/3rd date. The dumplings are lovely as is the chu chee chicken curry, stir-fried chicken and butternut squash in a curry sauce with thai basil & vegetables served with steamed rice. Yum. Service was efficient, but felt a little rushed. Overall a good meal.
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.
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.
Absolutely love this place - reasonably priced, fresh healthy food and a real variety to suit a lot of tastes. The staff are always friendly and helpful and want you to have a good time there. Reasonably priced too and also convenient for the Bull Ring, New St etc.
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
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.
A great restaurant producing beautiful fresh flavoured dishes, my favourite is the vegetarian yasai katsu curry. As a minor criticism it would be nice to see some more vegetarian choice, and can’t fault the options they do have. Service is always quick and friendly, and the dishes are reasonably priced.
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.
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!
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