When Wagamama got in touch to ask me to attend a blogger meet-up to try out their new Autumn menu I was thrilled. I love Wagamama. And then I realised that I’ve never ordered anything except for pad thai there. What can I say? I love pad thai.
So I was super excited to head down to one of their central London stores to try some new bits and pieces. To start with, we got a brief talk on Lucky Buddha Beer (our drink of the night). It’s one of the few beers I’ve had in my life that I’ve enjoyed. I think it’s because it was so smooth and un-hoppy. It’s quite crisp and had a bit of a grapefruit taste, reminiscent of my other favourite beer, Beavertown Gamma Ray pale ale.
The centrepiece of the autumn menu are some additions to the steamed bun range, now with four different types on offer. There’s the crispy tori kara chicken and tomato, the mixed mushroom and panko aubergine, a pork and a korean beef option. (All around £4.95) Personally, the crisp chicken was my favourite. What’s not to love about bao? The buns are so sweet and fluffy that they just dissolve in your mouth (unlike more stodgy hamburger buns) and the crunchy, slightly spiced chicken was perfect!
I also got to try the shittake mushroom donburi. (£8.75) Basically it’s a mushroom and broccoli omelette on top of nutty brown rice with carrot, pea shoots and chillies. Dunburi is a super popular dish in Japan and I can definitely see why.
I also tried the bang bang cauliflower. (£4.45) Thich might have been my favourite thing that I ate that evening. The cauliflower was wok fried and then topped in Wagamama’s firecracker sauce. It was amazing. I want to make this at home every day.
If you pop into a Wagamama in upcoming months I highly recommend the chicken buns and the bang bang cauliflower. Here’s a big thank you to the wonderful Emma for being my date for the evening. All the autumn specials are in store now for you to try out at your leisure.
***I was a guest of Wagamama but all my opinions are solely my own****