Many Edinburgh residents have highly anticipated the arrival of Wagamamas to the city. The popular Noodle Restaurant chain took pride of place on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road alongside Edinburgh eateries illegal Jacks and Nando’s.
The 130 seater restaurant brings us a varied and healthy food menu, with it’s slogan ‘Positive Eating, Positive Living’. Wagamamas have a great vegetarian menu and the vegetarian with us was very pleased at this. As we settled at our table in the busy opening days of the restaurant, we felt lucky to get a seat. Wagamamas is famed for it’s usage of space but we were fine and didn’t find this a problem.
My friends favourite wagamamas dish is easily yasai yaki soba and it was ordered along side Chilli Squid, Duck Gyoza, Yasai Gyoza, Edame, and Teriyaki Soba (beef and chicken). All dishes were served as we requested and arrived deliciously hot and fresh. There is an art in serving this type of food that always surprises me. It looks like it was prepared with care and attnetion. I like being sat at a table laden with food and Wagamamas is a great place for that.
Overall the atmosphere was excited as this chain has been due in Edinburgh for a long time and while we welcome it with open arms. Every dish was served delicious and we found now fault with our Wagamamas experience. However, Bonsai, a smaller, more intimate restaurant remains top of my list. Bonsai, in my opinion, serves the tastiest Japanese food I’ve tried outside of London. Located in South Edinburgh on West Richmond Street it’s a small restaurant with a big menu. The menu is varied regularly and it is the kind of place you just want to keep ordering. A well known student hang out, you could say this is reflected in the price but definitely not the quality.
I am a fan of japanese food and the fast food aspect of both these restaurants can only be a good thing for our city. Enjoy Edinburgh, Enjoy!