Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement, to which Wagamama has excelled in with their new Omakase chef’s selection menu. We were thrilled to be invited to the Herefordshire restaurant’s mouth watering selection showcase evening to taste the new dishes.
With belly’s grumbling and eager, we had the beef hirata steamed bun, a fluffy Asian bun served with Japanese mayonnaise and coriander (veg option available). The bun was pleasantly soft and squidgy and not too filling, allowing plenty of room the main course and the mayonnaise and red onion left you wanting more. We also had the classic prawn gyoza, five tasty fried dumplings filled with goodness and accompanied with a dipping sauce for even more flavour. With a lovely outer crunch, they did not last very long on the plate!
As soon as dishes are ready at Wagamama they are instantly served, so we were not left waiting for our main course. So from the new Omakase menu we tried the yakitori duck, grilled duck leg with a shredded cucumber, mint, coriander and mooli salad, served on a bed of white rice with Asian pancakes and citrus yakitori sauce. We were not disappointed and this will definitely be a new favourite amongst Herefordshire diners. The salad was refreshing, with a generous helping of duck and plenty of rice and pancakes to leave you satisfied and full.
For someone who enjoys a more fiery dish, we ordered the vegetable surendra’s curry, a rich, hot and spicy green curry made with jalapeño peppers, onions and ginger, topped with sweet potato straws and served with steamed rice and garnished with mixed sesame seeds. The sweet potato straws were delightfully crunchy and the rice was separate allowing you to add to your curry as you pleased.
On to dessert, we ordered the passionfruit cheesecake and banana katsu, bananas in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream. For the sweet tooth, Wagamama provide glorious desserts which never disappoint. The passionfruit delivers a tangy exotic fruit flavour, complementing the soft cheesecake base and the banana katsu provided a crunchy and soft experience, whilst the salted caramel ice cream added the extra sweetness. It was not long before our plates were empty!
To complete our evening we ordered jasmine tea. Served with a large jasmine flower in your cup that blossoms in front of you is an enjoyable and beautiful experience and definitely recommended.
As usual, Wagamama provided a fantastic dining experience, we thoroughly enjoyed all our meals but what is especially notable is how friendly and accommodating all the staff are. We were always served with a smile and guided knowledgably through our menu choices and empty plates quickly removed. Their Japanese inspired menu offers a large variety to pick from with all kinds of rice and noodle dishes, alongside fresh salads and shareable sides. The fresh juices are revitalizing, and expertly crafted Asian beers are available too.
So whatever the occasion, Wagamama is a great place to dine in the heart of our city, they even do a take away service! So do try their new Omakase chef’s selection menu.