Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Wagamama AW13 Menu at Manchester Spinningfields


Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant






























Last September we visited Wagamama in Spinningfields, Manchester. It was our first time visiting and apart from the air conditioning being a bit too cold and cooled the food (and myself) down, it was a pleasant experience. We have since been visiting different branches, and so far our favourite branch is the one in Cheshire Oaks. To try out Wagamama's new Autumn/ Winter menu however, we decided to go back to Spinningfields.


Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant

Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant






























We visited last Saturday and found ourselves queuing outside the door, but the service seems quite quick and we didn't have to wait for long before we were seated. We quickly ordered our usual drinks (although I changed from iced tea to coke) before taking a good look at their new menu. We ordered the new Pulled Pork Gyoza for starters to try, and after resisting the urge to order our usual favourites (Chilli Squid and Goma Wakame Salad), we decided to go for the Edamame with Salt instead.

The Pulled Pork Gyoza (dumplings) is stuffed with slowly cooked melt-in-your-mouth pork, and comes with a sweet Spiced Black Vinegar and Ginger Sauce. The sauce was delicious, and went really well with the tasty dumplings, but to us, dumplings (from whichever country) should be chewy, especially the skin, and the Pulled Pork Gyoza is a bit too soft for us.

The Edamame was expectedly a big hit, and I had to tell Abby to eat her main while she stuffed herself with these delicious beans. Although they are just beans, they are very addictive, and everyone I know can't seem to stop popping these pods. It would be great if they can offer a larger portion to share (for a slightly lower price), as it's definitely a sharing snack. It would also be handy if the salt can be pre-mixed before serving.


Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant

Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant

Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant

Wagamama, Japanese, noodle restaurant

















For mains, we ordered the usual Mini Chicken Ramen for the kids to share (Abby loves the soup!), the "must order" Teriyaki Beef Soba and Hubby's favourite Pork Ramen. I also ordered their new Grilled Duck Ramen to try. We are very pleased that the noodles are as perfect as before, unlike the time when we visited the Printworks branch, and the kids and hubby has thoroughly enjoyed their noodles. The grilled duck was delicious and the amount of meat was generous. The dish had a real kick in it and tasted strong of the pea shoots. Personally I would prefer less of the pea shoot flavour in the soup and a milder heat. The good thing is that you can tell the waiter/ waitress to adjust these ingredients to your liking when you order your food. Just remember to ask them (note to self).

As usual, we packed away half of the Teriyaki Beef Soba for lunch, but this time we skipped dessert, which was a shame as they have this new Half Moon Pancakes with Date and Orange Filling I wanted to try. We were just too stuffed to order any more.

There are also other lovely new dishes that we haven't managed to try this time, including the Grilled Fish Curry - Mahi Mahi Curry, A coconutty Ramen Noodles Soup - Kare Lomen, which is something they brought back from their previous menu, and a vegetarian Mushroom (various type) Ramen. Drinks wise the Iki Beer (infused with Yuzu) sounds delicious, but because I never order beer when I eat out, it didn't occur to me that I should give it a go (I do enjoy fruity ciders)!

If you are a Wagamama fan, do check out their new dishes on their website, or if you aren't and like to try new fusion dishes, Wagamama is definitely a place worth trying. I like it that they are flexible with each order, we just need to remember to state our request when ordering. The sauces on the table are also free for you to use and the chefs won't feel offended at all! I'm still waiting for Sushi to arrive the North, bring it please Wagamama!


Disclosure: We were sent vouchers for our meal; all opinions are honest and our own