Review: Wagamama is definitely great for families!

Date Published: 14 Jul 2012 @ 00:00 AM
Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

We trudged up the hill in the pouring rain to the Japanese-inspired noodle restaurant, Wagamama.

Situated on George St in Bath, this is an ideal place for families with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We were greeted and shown to a table with large windows looking out onto the street below.

In June, Wagamama launched its brand new kids menu and noodle doodle sheets with a new character ‘hoshi’ designed by Rachel Ortis, head designer at okido magazine.

My children were soon busy drawing on the doodle sheets and working out the puzzles while we looked through the menu.

I ordered Raisukaree Prawns, stir-fried in a coconut and lime curry sauce with mange tout, peppers, onions, ginger and garlic served with rice. This was delicious.

My partner ordered Teriyaki Chicken Donburi, which was grilled chicken glazed with orange sauce and sticky white rice.

Finn, my seven-year-old chose Mini Chicken Katsu. The amai sauce came in a little dish on the side which was perfect as my son seems to have an aversion to sauces. The food is great for children as it is quite simple and just the right size portion.

My son Dylan had Grilled Chicken Noodles with carrot, sweetcorn and cucumber.

He was intrigued by the easy to use chopsticks which you could slot together making them easy for children.

He ladled the noodles into his mouth with these and very quickly polished off the whole meal.

My two-year-old had Mini Cha Han, which was stir-fried rice with chicken but typically decided his older brother’s food looked more interesting so ended up sharing Dylan’s noodles.

Afterwards they all had a scoop of vanilla ice-cream which vanished in a flash.

All in all, it was a very pleasant meal. The restaurant is quite big and because it is relaxed and everyone is chatting away at their tables, we didn’t have to worry about what anyone else thought as our two-year-old is not the quietest and is also not very good at sitting still!

Wagamama is definitely great for families. The food is ideal for children and you actually feel you are going for nice meal out instead of inhabiting the usual brightly coloured children’s restaurants and eating pizzas and chips.

There is a very welcoming atmosphere. I have been in restaurants where you very much feel children are not wanted and I have felt very uncomfortable and have gulped the food down and made a quick exit.

But here the waiters and waitresses were extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant hums with conversation so you don’t feel you have to keep the kids really quiet and the noodle doodle sheets keep your children occupied while you wait for the food. My only minor complaint would be that they were given chunky crayons for the doodle sheets which were very hard to write or draw with. Some colouring pencils would be better!

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