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by Tina Maria (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Helsinki, Finland.
Published October 15th 2012
Japanese Inspired Cuisine

Wagamama is a Japanese inspired restaurant and noodle bar with restaurants all across the world.

I try to visit them as often as I can when out for a meal as I really enjoy the atmosphere and food.

Steps leading up to the seating area

I most recently visited them this weekend at their Tower Hill London restaurant and was very pleased with the overall experience.

Tower Hill is my current favourite restaurant due to its great location. The seating area is up a small flight of stairs and it has huge ceiling to floor windows which makes it a great place for both sight seeing and people watching whilst you enjoy your meal. If seated by a window you can see the Tower of London and part of Tower Bridge.

View of the Tower of London
View of the Tower of London

We were lucky enough to turn up just before the lunch hour rush so were seated in record time and had a friendly waitress who was quick to take our orders.

Tables - Image taken by my friend
We had the restaurant all to ourselves... It didn't last long.

For our side order we decided to share a plate of Yasai Gyoza, steamed grilled vegetable dumplings with a ginger soy sauce. This dish costs 5.25 and is good for sharing so doesn't set you back too much if you're on a budget.

This is their vegetarian version but the same side is also available with prawns, duck or chicken so there's plenty of choice for everyone.

Yasai Gyoza

For our main meals we decided on two very different dishes. I had my usual order of Yasai Katsu Curry, a dish of deep-fried aubergine, sweet potato and butternut squash with a curry sauce, sticky white rice and a side of dressed mixed leaves and red pickles.

At 8.20 I would say this is well worth the money as the portion sizes are generous and it tastes delicious. There is also a chicken alternative for the non-vegetarians which will set you back 9.15.

Yasai Katsu Curry

My friend decided on Yasai Yaki Soba which consists of teppan-fried whole wheat noodles with egg, beansprouts, white and spring onions, mushroom, peppers and garlic; topped with fried shallots, pickled ginger, sesame seeds and coriander vinegar.

It costs just 7.10 and tastes great (I made sure to try some when it arrived, for research purposes only of course). This dish is again the vegetarian version but there is a chicken and shrimp alternative on the menu for meat eaters which costs 7.55.

Yasai Yaki Soba - Image taken by my friend

For drinks I ordered a small Peach Iced Tea costing 1.85 and my friend ordered a bottle of Sparkling Ginger and Lemongrass water for 2.20. Both reasonably priced and just as refreshing.

Peach Iced Tea and Sparkling Ginger and Lemongrass water

I should also mention that if you are a sushi lover then there is now another reason to go to Wagamama for a meal. That's right, the Japanese infused restaurant finally started serving sushi. I for one am excited about this and can't wait to go back there so I can sample it. In fact I'm not too sure why they haven't done this sooner.

Wagamama now serving sushi... Finally.

However, if you don't have time to stop and eat-in at one of their many restaurants then you could always order a take-away and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Or you could be the envy of your colleagues at work with a Wagamama take-away lunch. Just click here to go to their website and have a look at their extensive menu.

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Why? Great Japanese Inspired Cuisine
When: 11.30am - 9pm
Phone: 0207 283 5897
Where: Tower Hill London
Cost: Various
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