First Meal in London

*this is not a sponsored review*

I was clearing some receipts when I saw one from London when I was there for a stopover. I was with a friend who came to pick me up at the airport and we dropped by at wagamama for lunch before it was time for me to check into a hotel. It was a random decision and we had no regrets. No, there was a regret that for my virgin trip to London, my first meal was Asian.

wagamama
101a Wigmore Street, London

 It was the start of lunch time so the place was reasonably filled. We were seated immediately and a pretty lady named Veronika came to serve us. Everything was kind of speedy. In a good way. We looked through the menu, Veronika came to key them into her handy device and wrote down our order numbers on our paper placemats.

A couple of minutes into our conversation, the drinks arrived. Then came the side dish, Chicken Gyoza.

Chicken Gyoza – five steamed grilled chicken and vegetable dumplings. served with a chilli garlic sesame and soy sauce

I do not have a picture of it but I have to say that the dumplings would have been *meh* without the sauce.

And if I’m not mistaken, my dish arrived within the next five minutes.

Chicken Raisukaree from wagamama

I had the Chicken Raisukaree.

Chicken Raisukaree – chicken stir-fried in a coconut and lime curry sauce with mangetout, peppers, red and spring onions. served on sticky white rice and garnished with red chillies, coriander and lime

My first impression? “Wow, I cannot wait to dig in.” But I had to wait because it would be rude to start eating when my friend’s food has not arrived yet. Yes, orders do not arrive at the same time. His only took a couple more minutes.

My Chicken Raisukaree was a good dish but not great. I saw the colours of the ingredients on my plate but that did not translate on my tastebuds. Would I have it again? Yes, because it was satisfying and visually appealing. I would give it a chance.

As for my friend, he chose the Surendra Chicken Curry.

Surendra Chicken Curry from wagamama

Surendra Chicken Curry from wagamama

Surendra Chicken Curry – a rich, spicy green curry made with jalapeño peppers, onion and ginger. topped with sweet potato straws and served with steamed rice

If I am not mistaken, he said his dish was spicy and he liked it. I did try a little gravy but I can’t seem to recall what it tasted like but I definitely knew I preferred my dish over his.

wagamama receipt

The price could have been a little cheaper for a single dish.

Here’s the breakdown:
– Surendra Chicken Curry = £10.95
– Chicken Raisukaree = £10.95
– Chicken Gyoza = £10.95
– Tiger Beer = £3.95
– Coke = £2.40
Total including VAT = £34.05
*Service not included.

An extra 10% was given for the service.

I do not think it would be fair for me to convert the currency to Singapore Dollars but it would have been about S$69. *holy smokes*

wagamama has a cool system in place. There is an app that you could use to pay the bill. The best part is, you can split the bill with your friends in the app! Did we try it? No.

We had to download the app and I was not on mobile data and my friend did not want to waste his. If I am ever back in any of their outlets, I would definitely try that option out.

My overall experience was good. I would return to this place because the service was fast. The staff were friendly, but we did wait a bit to get their attention to pay the bill (that’s why they have the app, duh.)

The food was good. If there was a branch in Singapore and especially near my office, I would pop by almost every day. Okay, I’m exaggerating. I would have it at least once a week and if the price was lower.

*some text extracted from http://www.wagamama.com/*

 

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