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Published August 9th 2012
A Japanese-inspired restaurant at Guildford
When my roommate heard I have never been to Wagamama, that is exactly where we crash landed for our Sunday dinner. We went to the Wagamama branch in Guildford and they have branches all over the UK. We reached the restaurant by around 7pm. It was fairly crowded and I was actually surprised to see that many families eat dinner so early. We were seated near the restaurant open kitchen and were immediately attended to by one of the waiters.
My roommate ordered 2 bottles of Coke, while I chewed on the menu. There was a lot going on there. Since I felt the starters were a little over priced, I decided to skip them and jump directly at the main course. The main course was very reasonable priced and there was a wide variety of stuff to choose from, ranging between big bowls of soup to large portions of rice. After racking the brains and tossing many options in the air, I decided to order 'cha han'. This is essentially fried rice with chicken, prawns, egg, mangetout, mushrooms, sweetcorn and spring onions (practically everything! ) and it was served with a side portion of miso soup and pickles.
The dish is just as huge as it appears in the picture. After being at it for like half an hour, I still failed to dig to the end of the bowl. But every bit of it was as tasty as it looked and a sprinkle of chilli oil on the side made it heavenly.
My roommate on the other side decided to go with the 'amai udon' which is a teppan-fried udon noodles in a sweet tamarind sauce with egg, tofu, beansprout, red onions and leeks and garnished with peanuts and lime. She ordered a side of chilli and that very much seemed to compliment the sweet and tangy tamarind sauce.