Both myself and Tiz are HUGE Wagamama fans, so when I got an email asking if we’d like to come down to preview the brand new Trafford Centre restaurant, I jumped at the chance! Wagamama were kind enough to offer us a free meal, and I wanted to do a full review of it in this post. There is already a Wagamama in Manchester city centre, but the Trafford Centre is somewhere we end up going quite frequently, so this is totally perfect for us. The full restaurant opens TODAY, Monday 12th October, but we popped along on Saturday to take a sneaky peek.
Our lovely server, Daisy, first took our drinks order (I had a Raw Juice and Tiz a Fruit Juice) and we opted for some of the garlic and chilli Edamame Beans as a side/starter. Our juices were as delicious as always (they’re our usual drinks at Wagamama) but we’d not had the beans before. I am happy to report that they were exceptionally delicious! We’d arrived home from Rome the day before (more on that in my next blog post!) and had grown accustomed to super tasty food, so being greeted with something so flavoursome as one of our first meals back home was fabulous.
For my main dish, I decided to go for the Yasai Cha Han Donburi – it’s a vegetarian dish (go veggies!) that features stir-fried brown rice with tofu, vegetables, egg, mushrooms, mangetout, sweetcorn and spring onions, served with a side of japanese pickles. I also add a couple of lashings of chilli oil to the dish as I’m partial to a spicy kick, and it was as delightful as always. That’s something I love about Wagamama – they are consistently excellent. We’ve never, ever had a bad meal at one of their restaurants, and we’ve certainly had our fair share of visits!
I absolutely wolfed my meal down, and made good use of the chopsticks too! We spend some time in Asia last year and got very used to eating with them, although on the photo above my technique looks rather dodgy. At leat I try!
For Tiz’s main, he went for the new Sirloin Steak Chilli Ramen – his old favourite dish was the beef version, and he was super happy to find this new variation was just as tasty. Wagamama is one of those places we both know we’ll find something we fancy, which can be a struggle at times when one of you is a meat-eater and one a vegetarian (or even vegan – I know a lot of my vegan friends enjoy Wagamama too. I must ask about which dishes can be made vegan-friendly!).
We each enjoyed another juice before the meal was done, and were too stuffed to try dessert! The food was a 10/10 as always…let’s talk a little more about the service and surrounding. The new Trafford Centre location is roomy, pristine and has that real Wagamama flare – there are booths, tables for two (which were marble-topped, ideal for Instagram!) and even an upstairs seating area. The open kitchen is a feature I really love, and the facilities (ahem, loos) were spotless. The service was exceptional – Daisy was great, and the other servers we met were super friendly – if they continue to be half as good as they were on the preview afternoon the place will do very well indeed.
Here’s a little panoramic shot Tiz took, featuring my goofy face at the end there! This is the downstairs of the restaurant, and as I mentioned there are additional seats upstairs too. I know we’ll be back there again very soon (let’s face it, probably this week) so I’m sure we’ll end up experiencing much more of this fabulous Wagamama restaurant!
Are you a Manchester Wagamama fan? Are you excited to visit the new spot?
Disclaimer: As mentioned in the post, our meal was paid for by Wagamama. However, this post is an honest review and not sponsored.