Wagamama has launched a brand new vegan menu, including six mains, four sides and two desserts. It was developed by the vegans of Wagamama who had got together to brainstorm ideas.
The dishes were flavoursome, satisfying food served by members of staff who really understand the importance of veganism. Every member of staff was wearing cute little green badges that said ‘Ask me about our new vegan menu’ – what a brilliant idea to promote the new vegan dishes!
For starters, we ordered gyoza dumplings with a dipping sauce and wok-fried greens in a deliciously sweet oily sauce. Amongst the mains, I chose the newly crafted kare burosu ramen consisting of vegetables and udon noodles in a curried broth, accompanied by coated silken tofu, a kick of chilli and a fresh coriander garnish.
As I was served, I was warned that it would be very spicy which made me worried considering my inability to take spice and how spicy oriental food can get. Surprisingly, it didn’t even meet my humble idea of ‘spicy’ – Wagamama is, after all, inspired by East Asia but amended to suit out Western palates where our food is usually much blander.
The real gem was yasai pad thai, ordered by my dinner companion Danielle. It’s made up of rice noodles in sweet amai sauce with tofu, bean sprouts, leeks, chilli and red onion and garnished with fried shallots, peanuts, mint, coriander and fresh lime.
Oriental food can be quite oily but we were told the pad thai has just under a tablespoon of oil. Danielle described it as satisfying and flavourful with a good balance of flavours. By the end of it we were both so full we could hardly find some room for dessert!
We tried both sorbets: lemongrass and lime, and passionfruit and pink guava. The former had a bitter aftertaste, leading to the sweet passionfruit and guava winning over our taste buds. Both sorbets had a nice, powerful taste, enabling us to get rid of the oily/garlicky feeling that the food left in our mouths.
The vegan menu also includes beers, wines, tea and soft drinks which is a huge bonus. As vegans, we often have to ask waiters about alcohol or quickly go on barnivore.com to find out if it’s suitable - something not necessary at Wagamama anymore with the great new labelling.
Now, fingers crossed that the next step for Wagamama is a vegan katsu curry…
Why not thank Wagamama for all the lovely dishes they’ve launched for us or share your thoughts with them? Visit wagamama.com for more.