Wagamamas, Gunwharf Quays.

I have two major character traits: I love Asian food of all descriptions and I am indecisive. Which for a place like Wagamamas works pretty well. If you have never visited this chain before, Wagamamas deals with fusion (a dirty word, I know) Asiatic cuisine. It borrows styles and influences from China, Japan, Malayasia. And this is reflected in their dishes: ramen, teppanyaki, donburis and many more. Whilst I don’t eat in Gunwharf that often, I’ve always considered Wagamamas as one of its better eating establishments (perhaps up there with Brasserie Blanc. Not only does it have a great view to the mouth of the harbour, the minimalist layout and brushed concrete ticks many of my awful hipster boxes. The food itself is nicely varied and the descriptions alone wet the appetite, as sides we ordered the Asiatic veg (fantastic, if lacking slightly in portion size), the excellent veggie steamed buns, veggie gyoza (just right) and not half bad crispy squid. The mains were a sweet and coconutty yasai surendra curry and a slightly underwhelming yasai chan hai donbury for the vegetarian other half, which were both fine but were outshone by the sides at the start of the meal. To sum it up, Wagamamas is fun, quick, tasty and hip. But perhaps this is the kind of place where it ordering a load of sides to share works out better than individual meals? A massive mention also has to go out to the staff, who were mega friendly and helpful. So big up to them, I hope those tips do actually go to you.

Big shouts to Wagamamas Portsmouth for inviting us round to work our way through their menu.


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