Monday, 13 November 2017

Wagamama - Vegan Menu Tasting

Wagamama vegan menu
Wagamama vegan menu


I’m not vegan, I’ll throw that out there from the start, but I’m definitely curious when it comes to vegan food, simply because it appears to be a big deal right now. Dining habits are changing and catering for dietary requirements and preferences is certainly a big deal for the restaurant industry, and Wagamama appears to be leading the way in the world of chain restaurants.

Everyone and their cat seems to have an opinion on the vegan diet and mine is the same as it is for any diet – as long as it provides the nutritional value for the body to function, it’s of no concern to me. I don’t have a moral standpoint against eating meat, however, when I was invited to go to Wagamama at the White Rose in Leeds, my keenness to give it a try stems from the understanding that there is a lesser environmental impact from a meat-free diet. And y’know, if it gives me a nudge towards perhaps having more veggie or vegan meals (as my default is to always go for meat), then that’s a good thing, right?

We started with three starters to share between us and had Yasai steamed gyoza, edamame beans with salt and wok-fried greens. All three went down seriously well but the wok-fried greens were my fave as I love tenderstem broccoli and pak choy, and they were cooked with a delicious mix of spices so the dish was full of flavour. Gyoza from Wagamama will always be delicious and who doesn’t love edamame?


Wagamama vegan menu


Though there was only three of us trying the menu, the Wagamama team at White Rose provided us with an absolute feast of main courses to try as they didn’t want us to miss out! There are six dishes on the menu of which we tried five:

-   Yasai Itame – rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup with tofu and vegetables. topped with stir-fried beansprouts, red and spring onions, bok choi, peppers, mushrooms and chilli. garnished with coriander and fresh lime

-   Kare Burosu Ramen – shichimi-coated silken tofu and grilled mixed mushrooms on a bed of udon noodles in a curried vegetable broth. finished with pea shoots, carrot, chilli and coriander

-   Yasai Pad Thai – rice noodles in an amai sauce with tofu, beansprouts, leeks, chilli and red onion. garnished with fried shallots, peanuts, mint, coriander and fresh lime

-   Yasai Yaki Soba - udon or rice noodles with mushrooms, peppers, beansprouts, white and spring onions. garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and sesame seeds

-   Yasai Samla Curry - a fragrant, spicy lemongrass and coconut curry with tofu, peppers, shiitake mushrooms and baby plum tomatoes. Served with white rice and garnished with spring onions, chilli and coriander


Wagamama vegan menu


Wagamama vegan menu


The curry was definitely my favourite as it was really light and fragrant, plus the coconut added a sweetness to it which I really enjoyed. I found that all of the dishes were both incredibly flavoursome and filling which is really the reassurance I was looking for – I always expect vegan dishes to be neither! I was so impressed by the range of dishes available, especially as it turns out that only one of them is a new addition to the menu, the others have always been on there. Wagamama actually take staff from the restaurants down to their head office in London to help craft the recipes and Charlie who was looking after us on the night, who is a vegan himself, was one of those people.

When it comes to dessert, the vegan offering is a choice of two sorbets – pink guava and passionfruit or lemongrass and lime. The guava one was definitely a favourite for me as it was a perfectly refreshing end to the meal and a palate cleanser after trying so many different flavours.

All in all, I would absolutely recommend Wagamama to anyone as I feel like they have nailed not only their vegan menu but they’re able to cater for all dietary requirements which is ideal if you’re going out in a group. Are you a Wagamama fan? Let me know in the comments!


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2 comments

  1. I've *still* never been to Wagamama! And thought I'm not vegan myself, my usual dining partner IS so its great to find so many tasty looking vegan options in a restaurant - I do feel bad sometimes tucking into my big meal as he sits there with his bowl of chips!

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