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I just love them noodles

I’m not sure how I’ve not been to Wagamama but went there for our traditional Sunday lunch this weekend. Traditional in Japan possibly, but regardless – their noodles are quite outstanding.

I’ve visited quite a number of chain restaurants over the years and you always get the impression that the food isn’t quite as good as you’d hope for. American-themed places are good choices for burgers but they’re pretty much at the bottom of the food-chain for me. I love Italian food but you really can’t beat the real thing – in Italy. Wagamama, though, seem to have hit a fantastic niche and my expectations were more than surpassed.

I suppose my previous noodle experience has been a little limited. I’ve obviously eaten them before but they’ve usually been just “alright” – being home-cooked usually. However, the food in Wagamama was utterly delicious. I chose to have some yasai chilli men which is a spicy vegetarian dish. The ginger and chillies sauce was superb! You can buy it in-store too so I’ll definitely be picking some up before too long. I also tried out one of the sides – some delicious duck parcels in cherry hoi-sin sauce.

We’ll definitely be going again, although I suspect I may get the Wagamama recipe book and try some of these things myself. As chain restaurants go this is the best I’ve ever tasted.

  1. I’ve only found that noodles from a Chinese supermarket are any decent for cooking at home. Most of them absorb too much water. Last year I picked up an unmarked bag of noodles from a place in Liverpool, my comment being, there’s no cooking instructions as the takeaways/restaurants don’t need them. They cooked perfectly 🙂

    Zizzis is a good chain for Italian food.

  2. I’ve eaten in Zizzi – the food is great but no comparison to eating Italian food in Italy. It’s a bit of a trek out to Japan but I’m willing to make the effort in order compare and contrast these noodles ;¬)

    We have a pretty good Chinese supermarket nearby and another one in town, so I should be able to buy some decent noodles hopefully

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