A Vegan Lunch at Wagamama

My friend Mitsu and I met up for our monthly lunch a couple of weeks ago at Wagamama in Moorgate. I’d never visited this branch before, it has lots of seats and low ceilings which makes it very loud. Mitsu and I had to shout across the table to eachother often having to repeat ourselves!

To start we shared a couple of the mushroom and panko coated aubergine buns. We both love a bun and these were light and fluffy the only downside was that the filling was very salty.

Mitsu went for the yasai katsu curry for her main. I’m really happy this dish is now vegan as they’ve stopped using egg to attach the panko breadcrumbs to the vegetables. She found the rice a bit too sticky but other than that enjoyed her meal.

I went for the glass noodle salad. I was surprised at the amount of greens that came with it. It was really tasty the only disappointment was that I had very few pieces of tofu I think it was only two or three.

Overall our lunch was ok. There was something a little off with every dish and with so many places offering vegan options nowadays I don’t think I would rush back to Wagamama, also the level of noise really put me off. I want to be able to chat and have a catch up when I meet a friend and this was near impossible in this branch!

Have you eaten in Wagamama recently? What did you think of the vegan options? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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A Vegan Lunch at Wagamama

Wagamama Noodle Lab

Tonight we were heading out to see comedian Sofie Hagen at the Soho Theatre, so as the theatre is directly opposite Wagamama’s noodle lab we knew where we were having dinner.

The lab is where they test new dishes on the public to receive feedback and decide whether to roll them out to the rest of their branches.

I had seen on other people’s feeds they had seitan katsu curry and panko breadcrumbed aubergine and mushroom buns which sounded fabulous. I took a look at the lab’s menu online to see what other treats there were.

We both had the seitan katsu and shared the steamed buns and pumpkin onigiri. My Husband isn’t a big fan of Seitan although he is always willing to try. He ate all of this dish but he wouldn’t get it again. I really enjoyed it my only advice would be that it could do with more sauce.


I’ve had the buns before which have a great texture, the non-vegan version comes with a wasabi mayo and I definitely think you miss a sauce as this is just omitted rather than replaced with a vegan alternative. I cannot fault the onigiri, these were gorgeous fried balls of deliciousness with a sweet dipping sauce. I could eat these all day!

For dessert I had the mango and matcha millefeuille. This was a really delicate little cake and I loved the sticky mango sauce. I thought this needed a bit more matcha as I am a huge matcha fan and struggled to find it underneath the strong flavour of the mango.

At the end of the meal we were given a tablet to answer a survey to give our feedback. I really like that Wagamama are incorporating their customers into the menu creation process and wish more companies would do similar.

I hope all these dishes make it onto the main menu. The lab changes its experimental dishes every few months so there’s always something new to try (hopefully vegan!) 

Have you been to the noodle lab? If not, what would you like to try from the menu above? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Wagamama Noodle Lab

Wagamama’s new vegan menu

I was really pleased when I saw Wagamama were introducing a vegan menu and my Husband and I decided to visit the Stratford Westfield branch for lunch on our way home from my in-laws this weekend.

Wagamama have always been quite good with vegan options if you knew what you were doing, some dishes you need to remove the egg or change the noodles so it’s nice to see them put together a full menu suitable for vegans.

I’ve already tried most of the dishes on the menu so I was excited to try the new kare burosu ramen. 

When the dish arrived (sooner than our drinks) I thought it looked really nice and tasty but we were soon disappointed. The fried tofu was really cold in the middle and when I say cold it was refrigerator cold! We called over our waitress who apologised and took it back to the kitchen. Then another member of staff returned to our table with our food and said the tofu was prepared in advance and then added to the broth to warm through, we were asked if we wanted to order a different dish as if they re-did the ramen it may come out the same. 

We thought this was a bit odd and would not expect a dish that contained fried tofu to be this cold. We went with the same dish but the results were the same which was a shame as the rest of this dish was really nice. We weren’t asked whether the second dishes were ok and by this time we really hungry so we just ate, paid and left. 

This was not what I usually expect from Wagamama and I do think this was a one off so I would return. I would be interested if anyone else has had the same experience with this dish and have fedback to Wagamama via their website that if this is how they intend to serve the dish the tofu definitely needs to be in smaller pieces so actually warms through to the middle.

***UPDATE***

Wagamama got in touch with me and stated the following –

We have passed your feedback to our food development team,about the warmth of the tofu and the size of it.

I can confirm the fact that the tofu,is indeed, prepared first thing in the morning,in fresh oil,because otherwise we would risk cross contamination and the dish wouldn’t be 100% vegan as we are not a completely vegan restaurant. This is something we are working on developing, and we do apologise again that your meal was not the usual standard we expect from us.

They also gave me a £20 gift card to make up for it.

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Have you tried Wagamama’s new vegan menu? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Wagamama’s new vegan menu