Restaurant Review – Wagamama

We were having one of those days where you’re completely drained with work by the end of it, and then you realize it’s only midweek and the weekend seems miles away! It’s situations like these where all you need is a hearty meal and some good company to help you pull through it all. Wagamama, being one such sweet escape. What we love about Wagamama is the vibe; not too fancy and be it any day, the restaurant is always buzzing. And then of course there’s the food, which somehow always manages to tick all our boxes every time we make a visit. So it was obvious we had to review one of our meals there just to let you know what you’ll be missing out on if you give this restaurant a pass (and we’ll be lying if we say we’re not salivating right now as we work on this post)

It was a Tuesday evening and as expected, the restaurant was full. To our luck there was an empty spot for two and we were seated by our server. We decided to go with seafood for our starters. To begin with, we ordered the Chili Squid which was deep fried squid tossed in a spicy seasoning and served with a sweet garlic and coriander dipping sauce. It was delicious and we loved the way the squid was cooked.

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Our second starter was Lollipop Prawn Kushiyaki. We loved how simple the dish was which in turn highlighted the flavor of the grilled prawns. Although the addition of the caramelized lime wedge did add to the freshness, we would’ve preferred a dipping sauce to go with it as well.
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For our mains we ordered the Firecracker Chicken. This is probably our favorite dish of the lot! The gravy was full of spice and flavor, we would recommend this dish to those who love heat and spice. Perfectly cooked and succulent chicken breast stir-fried in a sweet and fiery gravy is served with a portion of rice topped off with flakes of chili. This dish definitely should be on your must-try list!
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We also ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Donburi. This dish packs a punch for those who enjoy a burst of flavor in their food but do not enjoy spice and heat. The sweet teriyaki sauce paired effortlessly with the juicy grilled chicken topped over sticky white rice and veggies. A very simple and satisfying dish.
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Lastly for dessert, we ordered the Mango Pavlova and the Ginger and Lemongrass Crème Brulée. We loved the Asian take on such classic desserts. The Mango Pavlova was served with layers of cream, crunchy pavlova chunks, mango, passion fruit and a hint of chilly. We absolutely love it at Wagamama! we order this dessert almost every time we make a visit. The combination of the freshness of the cream and the crunchy bits of the meringue along coupled with the mango salsa hits the mark!
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The Ginger and Lemongrass Brulée was a first for us. We’ve had our fair share of Brulées over the years however we’ve never tried one with ginger and lemongrass infused in it. The flavors weren’t too overpowering and we could still get a hint of the ginger and lemongrass. Perfect end to our meal!
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Yet again, Wagamama failed to disappoint us, this restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for a place to dine out that is fuss – free and serves the perfect comfort food.

The Bill:
Chili Squid – Dhs28
Lollipop Prawn Kushiyaki – Dhs31
Firecracker Chicken – Dhs42
Teriyaki Chicken Donburi – Dhs42
Mango Pavlova – Dhs26
Ginger and Lemongrass Crème Brulée – Dhs26
Total – Dhs195

Food: 4.5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 4/5

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