Vegan at Wagamama
Josh has climbed on board the blogging train tonight to tell us all about his recent vegan food adventure inside the UK version of international chain restaurant Wagamama.
Take it away, Josh.
I recently found myself in Ealing Broadway (West London) in need of a satisfying meal. Normally, I might consider a vegan pizza from Santa Maria but I was with a coeliac friend so vegan and gluten free options were the criteria. Thankfully, Wagamama stepped up.
When we arrived we asked our server about vegan and gluten free options and he presented us with a folder which showed allergens across all of Wagamama’s dishes. In addition to listing which of the non-vegan/non-gf items could be modified to suit our needs, the folder also suggested some common menu items for vegans and coeliacs. The manager then came and spoke to us to ensure we understood the special diets information and asked if we were ready to order.
I went for the yasai gyoza to start: delicious flaky pastry with mildly curried vegetable filling and a dipping sauce. They were tasty enough but not mind-blowing.
For a main, I ordered the yasai itame: vegetables and rice noodles with tofu in a spicy coconut soup. Again, the dish was tasty but lacked a bit of oomph. As with many restaurants there was a serious overkill of onions (I get it – they’re cheap and tasty but enough already!) and too many funky, chewy mushrooms… but the broth had nice spicy, sweet and sour undertones going on which went well with the noodles, tofu and vegetables.
My friend ordered a gluten free item but it wasn’t vegan (boo!) so I didn’t take a picture of his meal.
Overall it was an ok-ish meal. I won’t be hurrying back to Wagamama but if I’m ever in a similar situation, at least I know that there’s a chain restaurant out there that appears to give serious consideration to vegans.
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