When the wagamama team invited me to be one of the first people to try the new autumn/winter menu – I quite literally jumped at the chance. Being a wagamama newbie, I felt intrigued and excited to see what Japanese-inspired goodness myself, Ruth and the other lovely bloggers would be treated to.
Finally the day arrived and in all honesty, the wait could not have been more worth it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the delicious new additions to wagamama’s autumn/winter 2013 menu…
We kicked the evening off with steamed pulled pork gyoza which were deliciously chewy and moreish.
These little dumpling parcels were served with a spicy black vinegar and ginger sauce which had a salty aftertaste – the perfect accompaniment to the light gyoza.
Look at me learning how to use my chopsticks!
To follow, we tried the vegetarian mushroom ramen.
The mushroom ramen was served in a giant bowl which just oozed outdoorsy goodness.
The noodles were coated with the comforting vegetable soup and was topped with thai basil and a selection of exotic oyster, chestnut and shiitake mushrooms.
The ramen was garnished with silkened tofu, plus splashes of a chill, garlic, sesame and soy sauce.
I can imagine myself eating the mushroom ramen on a cold, wintery day and
feeling comforted by all of the warm, seasonal flavours.
Next up we had one of my favourites, the mahi mahi curry.
The mahi mahi curry smelt incredibly irresistible and completely tantalised my tastebuds.
The rice was how I like it – sticky and sweet and the mahi mahi was grilled to perfection.
Dressed with a spicy curry sauce, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, red and green peppers, it undoubtedly packed plenty of flavour.
To accompany the mahi mahi curry we had a side of crunchy wok-fried greens which were coated with a garlic and soy sauce for a bit of pizazz.
We were introduced to more new flavours with the grilled duck ramen.
This dish was similar to the mushroom ramen with the vegetable noodle soup base, but it was topped with a generous portion of duck confit.
The duck was incredibly tender and just fell apart onto the spoon as we fished it out of the gigantic bowl.
Smothered in coriander I was a little concerned that it may be a bit overpowering, but the herbs, chilli and crispy spring onions made it feel like true pan-Asian style food.
As I’m new to wagamama, I was unaware that they’ve brought back an old classic in the form of the kare lomen curry.
Top Chef, Andy, was on hand to talk us through the legacy of wagamama’s kare lomen.
All I can say is, I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to taste this – even if my belly was about to pop!
We tried the kare lomen curry dishes topped with chicken and prawns.
Although the chicken version was super tasty, my favourite of the two was definitely the prawn kare lomen.
The spicy coconut and lemongrass soup made up the base of the dish and was loaded with crunchy prawns, cucumber and bean-sprouts all infused together with a squeeze of lime.
Despite a few mumbles at how full we were, like true food bloggers we managed to squeeze in the fantastically named (or should I say “out of this world”) half moon pancakes.
Apparently each of the pancakes are freshly prepared and are loaded with a hidden date and orange puree.
In all honesty, if I had read dates would be in my pancakes I would have completely dismissed them upon first glance of the menu.
But after realising halfway through that it wasn’t a type of jam, rather some dates, I felt surprised and impressed.
The half moon pancakes were served with a dollop of cinnamon ice cream – the perfect way to finish such a festive dessert.
A big thank you to all of the friendly staff and amazing chefs at wagamamas!
I had such a fun evening discovering an abundance of Japanese-inspired food with a seasonal twist and of course making lots of new blogger friends.
The new menu will be available from the 22 October and to find your nearest wagamama check out their website.
Don’t forget to let me know what you think….
Enjoy and save a gyoza for me!