Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama Summer Menu Tasting


Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu
















Having reviewed 2 of Wagamama's branches (Manchester Spinningfields and Manchester Printworks) and had mostly enjoyable experiences, we were glad to be given another opportunity to review their Summer Menu 2013. We were also interested to find out how the new ramen and soup are taking on since the Autumn menu update, and what the service and food quality are like in the Cheshire Oaks branch.


Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu
















The Cheshire Oaks branch was very spacious, though being a Sunday evening, it was slightly quieter. It was to our favour as we were provided with one of the better service a restaurant can give. It's bright, well ventilated and we were really comfortable. Service was quick and responsive, and food was fresh and warm when served.

Hubby went straight for his favourite Ginger Beer, unfortunately they ran out of apples, so we couldn't order the Summer menu drinks - Mango, Apple and Orange Juice or Strawberry, Apple, Orange and Mint Juice. So I went for my usual Iced Peach Tea, which I think was tastier than I remembered, and Abby the Orange Juice for kids. She hadn't finish her juice for the first time at Wagamama, so I guess she preferred the Orange and Apple juice combo hehe.


Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu












As I wanted to try their Summer menu on top of our favourite dishes, and of course it being Fathers' Day, we again ordered plenty of food like we've been starving the whole day. It was good that the portions was just right so we only took a box of leftovers home.

For starters we ordered Beef and Chicken Summer Rolls, and the Beef Lettuce Wraps, all part of the new Summer menu. The Chilli Squid was for Abby, which was her Wagamama's all time favourite, and even though she's been saying how spicy it was, by the time I finished taking pictures of the continuously arriving food, there was only 3 pieces left on the plate!

The Beef and Chicken Summer Rolls were both cold dishes, equally refreshing and tasty with the dipping sauce, although there were too much fresh coriander to my liking. Hubby is a coriander fan so it didn't bother him, but I really think that it was overpowering the rolls. I tasted more of the other ingredients after removing some of the coriander. The "skin" was thin and bouncy/ chewy, which to SE Asian standard was perfect.

The Beef Lettuce Wrap is a spicy dish. It was spicy even without the sauce, but you can easily remove the chilli from the wrap to drop the heat. The wrap was really really tasty and every mouthful was packed with flavour. Although served with lettuce it went really well with a cold fizzy drink.


Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu












For mains, we ordered a Mini Grilled Fish Noodle for the kids to share, which comes with a delicious Amai sauce that obviously Abby loves as she's been dipping her noodles one by one in the sauce before slurping them up. The Summer menu main includes Tom Yam noodle soup, Bean and Glass Noddle Salad and either Chicken or Salmon Miso Salad. I'm not a Tom Yam person, but their salads are certainly interesting, so we ordered the Salmon Miso Salad and our favourites, Wagamama Ramen for hubby and Teriyaki Beef Soba for me.

Hubby was especially happy with his Ramen as we were both led down in our previous visit. The noodles were cooked properly and the soup's seasoning was how it should be. The Teriyaki Beef Soba was delicious, although the beef was a touch on the chewier side. Being soya sauce lovers, we still added a touch of soya sauce on our dishes to make them extra yummy!

The Salmon Miso Salad (or even the chicken) would be a great substitute to any usual salads. The creamy miso salad dressing was delicious and goes perfectly well with the grilled Salmon. The seaweed, spring onions and sesame seeds added a lot of texture to it, making it much more interesting than a leafy salad. Just make sure that you give the salad a good stir before digging in as I believe it was drizzled over and around the salad after it was plated up. Love the presentation though!


Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu

Cheshire Oaks Wagamama, Wagamama Summer Menu
















We were really stuffed after our mains and had to ask for leftovers to be packed away, but I wanted to see their dessert menu (how pretty is it?!) and one thing let to another and I ended up ordering a Mixed Frozen Yogurt to share (did someone mention that dessert stomach is a separate stomach?!). The frozen yogurts were really special, Strawberry with Five Spice was baffling but works well together, Citrus Yuzu (Japanese Pomelo) was refreshing and had a hint of ginger flavour in it, and Passionfruit was lighter and not as tangy (in a good way) than expected. It was an easy to eat dessert after a heavy meal and cleared our palette well. It's  low in fat and pro-biotic as well so it was good for the tummy!


Our experience in Cheshire Oaks' Wagamama was by far the best experience we had out of the 3 branches we have visited. Great food, great service and overly satisfied bellies. The Summer menu is refreshing, choosing flavours that will enhance your appetite and are light to eat on a hot day. I definitely recommend it for either lunch or dinner.


Disclosure: We were subsidized for out meals, but all opinions are honest and our own.