Fans of Wagamama that live in Edinburgh can finally get excited as they open a branch in the city on Wednesday 2nd November 2011.
Taking up residency in the former Bank of Scotland on Castle Terrace/Lothian Road, the new 130 seater eatery is sure to be a hit with residents and visitors alike.
Ahead of the official opening, we visited today, along with several dozen other lucky diners getting to experience the complimentary food on one of two ‘preview’ days.
We were talked through the menu by a friendly member of staff and considering it was only a training day, we really couldn’t fault any of the service. It was fascinating to take a seat near to the kitchen pass, where up to twelve chefs at any one time were freshly preparing the dishes.
We had the following dishes to eat:
Duck gyoza – deep fried duck dumplings with a spicy cherry hoi sin sauce (£5.25)
Beef teriyaki soba – on a bed of teppan fried soba noodles, with vegetables and various seasonings (£13.50)
Seafood ramen – noodles in vegetable soup, assorted seafood with seasonal greens and garnish (£10.35)
For dessert – sweet ginger and apple gyoza with vanilla custard sauce (£5)
All of the dishes served to us were delicious and our neighbours at the table commented on how pleased they were with their curry choices.
There are explanations on the menu about all the dishes and types of noodles, so those new to this type of cuisine can easily understand what they’re choosing.
Time allowed for us to have coffee and tea after our meal and we both concluded we couldn’t fault the quality of the food or the experience of dining in Edinburgh’s newest restaurant.
We will definitely be returning and exploring some of the other dishes on the extensive menu.
Open Monday – Saturday 11am – 12pm and Sunday 12.30pm – 10pm.
You can find Wagamama at 1 Castle Terrace (on the corner with Lothian Road), Edinburgh, EH1 2DP.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, despite how the entrance looks, there is a wheelchair lift to the side and accessible bathrooms on the main floor.