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Wagamama Japanese Restaurant review, Lakeside, Essex


ginger chicken udon december 2008

ginger chicken udon december 2008


 I love Wagamama! Having spent a lot of time in Japan and South East Asia, I am fussy with Asian cuisine, but Wagamama just does it fine and with the bonus of being fast yet healthy! The kitchen is open and woks and pans are always on the go, with the chefs cooking up fresh delights. They have a main menu, with some Japanese dishes like stir fries, noodles, noodle soups, rice dishes and Japanese curries. They also do dumplings and many other appetiser/side dishes. This is a very popular chain of restaurants and it is no wonder why. It is not the cheapest, with a noodle soup at around £8 to £9 or so, but it is the quality of the vegetables, meat or seafood used that warrants it. It is wooden bench seating, yet it’s not uncomfortable and there is a good buzz in there. I have some favourites which are Chicken Kare Loman soup (chicken in a spicy coconut soup), Ebi Raisukaree (prawns in a coconut and lime curry sauce) and the chicken chilli ramen (in a spicy clear soup), but the specials can be a good try –winter 2008/9 they had had the red snapper in a chu chee curry sauce, which was been a delight!

I have also tried the one in Camden Town and it is just as good, so I reckon they are a good bet for a chain restaurant if you like Asian food.

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Restaurant address

The Boardwalk, Lakeside shopping centre, West Thurrock way, Grays, Essex RM20 2ZP

Restaurant telephone

01708 861 570

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Date of visit

August 2009 and various before (and since during 2010 and its just as good)

Average price per person for 3 course meal, excluding drinks

inexpensive (under £20)

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