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Published January 27th 2014
Redefine your opinion of fast food
In March 2012, Kings Cross Station underwent a complete refurbishment. My favourite edition being the mezzanine level; a semi-circular concourse kitted out with a range of food establishments. Under the cover of the architectural masterpiece, a white sculpture which fans from floor level sweeping the ceiling, integrating old and new, and spectacularly illuminated in calming purples, the mezzanine is a fantastic area to sit and wait for your train.
Whilst the entire refurbishment is incredible, the place that draws me back is always Wasabi. Excellent value for money, in comparison to its branded neighbours such as Giraffe and a very expensive mexican, Wasabi sushi and bento bar is delicious at a fraction of the price.
Wasabi specialises in Japanese fast food with an extensive range of sushi, bento (sushi box sets) and a vast selection of hot dishes; delicious, fresh food from Chicken Katsu curry, to Teriyaki Chicken; my personal favourite.
I have sampled many options on this extensive menu, visiting every time I have an excuse. Yet the menu that I think is best value for money are their hot boxes, ranging from £4.95 to £5.95 for a Katsu curry, they are so filling. I love their Teriyaki Chicken. Packed to the brim with sticky Japanese rice, and topped with a substantial helping of delicious chunks of chicken, vegetables, and a rich teriyaki sauce.
Be warned, pots with a chilli logo should not be scoffed at. Their Sweet Chilli Chicken Yakisoba, whilst delicious, was the hottest thing i have ever eaten. The rice was swimming in this incredible rich yet fiery sauce with hunks of chicken; whilst this is normally a bonus, as a wimp, I was unable to finish my pot. Pick wisely!
The best thing about Wasabi is that the nature of the restaurant means that you are forced to choose a different option each time. Whilst items are cooked fresh, not everything on the hot food menu is always available. Without the option of my standard Teriyaki Chicken, i was forced into purchasing their Chicken curry.
Like all their hot boxes it did not disappoint. The sauce tasted like the Katsu sauce yet was slightly richer and thicker, and cheaper. My favourite thing about the pots is that the sauce to rice ratio is perfect meaning you get so much food for your money. More than that, each pot has a label confirming the time at which they were prepared; fresh and delicious, what more could you want.
Next time you are waiting for your train, head to Wasabi for an experience that will ensure you become a regular. And if you can't hold out for that next train journey, there are 25 branches within London and many more across the country.