Covent Garden, London
1a Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PG
- Covent Garden Tube Station (0.3 km)
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19 reviews of Wagamama in English
These places are great for some fast decent food.
This one is tucked away underground. Has a slight kitchen food hall vibe with the lighting, but offers the standard menu at a good price.
Can’t go wrong. Doesn’t take long to get seated. Fairly large restaurant.
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As the first Wagamama I ever went to this definitely holds a special place in my heart. Always have to queue which is a bit of a pain, but it moves quickly and the food is always great, as with every branch of Wagamama I've ever been to, in fact. Have the yaki soba or the vegetable katsu curry.
Wagamama is here to give you a quick fix of japanese noodles. Between the sit and relax restaurant and the fastfood, Wagamama combines the best of both worlds. Great fresh food, tasty, but served rapidly. Don't expect comfort. Walk in, get served, eat, pay, leave... with the great feeling of having your taste buds still tingling from the spices and flavours you just enjoyed.
great for lunch fix on weekends.
Typical Wagamama fare from this restaurant in Covent Garden. The service is fast and efficient and the waiting staff friendly and dilligent however this restaurant because of its prime tourist and city worker location can get very very busy and you can often find yourself queuing all the way up a fairly narrow staircase to get a seat. Once inside, its also in a basement (although well lit), so can get a bit claustrophobic when very very busy. Definitely keeps up the Wagamama quality, but possibly best to avoid at peak times.
Wagamama is probably the healthiest fast food you can get and it tastes amazing too! The kitchens are open plan so you can see everything being cooked and dishes arrive within minutes. The idea is that dishes arrive when cooked - so they are hot and fresh - rather than waiting until everyone’s meal is ready. So it’s best to order a few side dishes to share as well - the edamame (soya beans) with chili and garlic salt are DELICIOUS.
The food is japanese style - everything from curry to rice to noodles and amazing desserts. I recommend the chickne katsu curry (tip: ask for extra curry sauce!) and the wasabi chocolate fudge cake (moist and not sickening at all).
Lets start this by saying that I’ve eaten at Wagamama about 30 times since moving to London. Not only do I love it, but they actually have an ALLERGY menu! How cool is that? They list everything from wheat-free to vegan to sugar-free on the menu.
The food is Japanese inspired fusion…big noodle dishes, soups, edamame, gyoza, and fresh juices.
For those of us who are afraid to eat out anywhere due to the fear of cross-contamination in cooking. Wagamama is for you! They prepare everything at separate stations and are very careful about how they prepare the items.
If you like slightly spicy comfort food, try the Yasai Itame. It’s veggies in a coconut milk based broth, with rice noodles, chilis, lime and coriander. It’s amazing, filling and very fresh tasting.
The staff is always efficient if not friendly, and the food usually comes very quickly although at different times, as it is prepared.
A bit pricey, but good quality fresh ingredients so well worth it in my opinion. Sign up for the mailing list and often you can find great coupons on the website. There’s usually at least one of the London locations that has a 2 for 1 on main meals. Enjoy!
PS. For those of you who are wheat and gluten-free do not get the edamame. I was told by a manager at the Tower Hill branch that it is boiled in the same water as the noodles.
I went to this restaurant with a group of lads after we’d been to watch a footie match. It was perfect for us. For a start, there was no fussing about getting a table for eight sorted because everything’s set out like a school dining room anyway - long tables with benches down each side. You will get put down next to people anyway, so be prepared to socialise. This is not the place for a first date or to break up with someone (unless there is a potential for violence, in which case it’s always best to have members of the public around - if only so they can act as witnesses at the court case).
Next, it becomes as rowdy as a school dining room, so if there’s a bunch of you nobody is going to take offence.
We got in early and didn’t have to wait, but by the time we’d left people were queueing. I can understand why. This part of London can be particularly expensive and Wagamama’s serves good, varied noodle dishes at reasonable prices. You can get some pretty healthy dishes too, which is always a plus because it balances out all the heavy drinking you can do with that lovely Japanese lager.
A particularly busy Wagammama’s. Which can be a blessing or a curse. If you want a quick bite to eat, propt service and fresh food, it’s great. If you want a place to linger and discuss/hide from the rain etc, this is not idea!! I really like their food. Very tasty and healthy- check their website for regional offers. Not great for a date- when I went I enjoyed listening to the couple next to me making small talk- I’m sure they would have prefered some privacy! (You sit very close to other groups on benches at long tables) We had to que, so be prepared, although it did move quickly.
Had my first experience at a Wagamama restaurant at this particular branch in Covent Garden. It was a mid week evening and on arrival the open plan canteen type seating area was already full. The seating area is actually downstairs and I could hear all the cacophony as soon as we entered the building - it was very noisy and echoey.
My friend and i were seated in the on either side of the middle of a long bench which didn’t make for very intimate conversation and did feel a bit like being back at school.
My friend recommended a udon noodle dish which was lovely and i would go back just for the food. This is definitely somewhere to go if you want to eat quickly and not worried too much about the conversation, or keeping it private due to the close proximity of other diners.
I’ve eaten in Wagamama restaurants all round the world, and, alas, the atmosphere in this one is far from the best. Maybe it’s the rapidly-changing staff, or the tourists in a hurry, but this place doesn’t do it for me. The menu is fine, with great-value soups in particular, and the communal eating I rather like, though it’s not to everyone’s taste (pun intended). If you need a quick and cheap lunch stop, this place is fine, but it’s not for lingering in, nor for late dining.
The food here is so tasty it is the best restaurant I have ever visited. The only downside to the restaurant is the seating arrangement where you end up sitting on a bench next to someone you dont know. It can be difficult to have a conversation being so close to other people, but the quality of the food is so outstanding it does not matter. The food is very fresh and has amazing flavours. The starters, mains and desserts are all of great quality. I personally recommend the chocolate cake as it is the best I have ever tasted. I frequent here and sometimes there can be a queue to get in but it is worth it. Often there are vouchers available on the website which can save money off the meal, though I am happy to pay full price any day.
Tucked away from sight, there’s no view to be had as it’s underground!
It’s the usual canteen cuisine that arrives at random intervals.
I think the lack of natural light is the main let down to an otherwise nice chain.
They sometimes have special deal vouchers via their website or in collaboration with the local gym near by.
Their fresh juices look a little strange with sediment floating but taste amazing.
My favorite Wagamama location. Wagamama is well-known for their Japanese noodles and has become quite the attraction. Due to its location, this restaurant is very busy and you will get the real japanese experience here, sitting next to strangers on benches, sucking on your noodles.
The chicken ramen is still, by far, the best-a real classic. You can even make it yourself with their cookbook, but in the end, it is never as good as in the restaurant.
Have purifying and energizing fruit juices that will blow you away. Excellent place! Very cheap too!
Wagamamas is not the most incredible japanese you will ever have, but it’s cheap ad reliable, and the staff are usually pretty friendly. it’s great for having a quick bite to eat before the theatre, or catching up with friends after work when you dont necessarily want to be there all evening.
I don’t understand why this place is such a hit. I’m a HUGE noodle soup fan so Wagamama was so exciting at first. But in the years I’ve been there either with others, on my own, whichever location… it’s just awful. AWFUL. The noodle soups are generally tasteless, you might as well choose your order by randomly picking something, anything, from the noodle soup menu. I looked forward to the spicy curry-ish noodle soup hoping for some laksa and I just got something that resembled more like a generic tasting, solid curry/stew, and not a noodle soup -- yes, there is a difference.
I moved away from noodle soup, desperate to try to like something my friends seemed to like so much. The fried rice is bland and needed about a third a bottle of kikkoman, yakisoba is passable, the chicken katsu curry was stingy on the meat and the sauce.
They aren’t so cheap, either. So what’s the fuss about?? The communal eating concept?? It’s no longer unique. I happened onto Satsuma on Wardour Street, which is basically the same concept with the same prices and much much better food, if you must get your fix… or indeed, Chinatown is so nearby, why not just walk the extra blocks to get more bang for your buck?
Service is rushed too, at this particular Wagamama… I don’t feel the love!
mmmm. wagamamas splits me. All my friends love it but i thought it was okay at best. It is definitely a required taste. i will get what i disliked out of the way. The thing i disliked is that i felt very much like i was in a canteen. Its full of very long tables where you might find a stranger slurping their noodles next to you. you also share a very long bench so it is difficult to move nearer or further from the table withoug moving other people with you! the service is efficient but very rushed. as soon as your fork is down..BOOM! your plate is gone. it made me feel like i had to eat rather quickly. There is always a que at the door of people wanting a quick lunch on their break as well so thats added pressure!
okay so thats the bad.
so the 'okay’ - the menu. It would be good cos it is very extensive but it is SOOOO confusing and the staff are always too rushed to advice. If you have been before the you will probably know what to order! The menu says something like 'Reman - served with chicken, teppen served with pork’... but ive no idea what these things are? are they big? small? do i need a side dish? they do an array of sides so it seems you do?
I ended up odering something random and it turned out to be a watery noodle soup. Very flavourless and i left hungry :(
Finally, the good - if you order well and pick a dish you like then it will be well cooked and you will not wait long for your food.
so, my advice? visit here on a busy day when you do not have time to both socialise and eat - and bring someone who has been before and can advise on the menu!
Wagamama is a noodle restaurant that looks a bit like a canteen because of the table arrangement: long tables of 20 people and benches.
The service is very fast (You can expect your food within 5-7 min) and the food is ok.
I recommend Seafoor Ramen.
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