Sunday 14 July 2013

Wagamama, South Bank, central London

On a summer Saturday evening, this warehouse-style branch of Wagamama can have a queue out the door. With a location on the South Bank and keenly-priced Japanese food, Wagamama pulls in plenty of tourists. Still it turns over tables fast, so you probably won't have to wait long. However, there doesn't feel like there is much air con inside and the tap water seems to be rationed - you get small glasses rather than large jugs.  Moreover, Tiger beer is about £7 for a 640ml bottle. Still, the typically funky young staff help create a good vibe, mixing fast service with banter. The menu offers a good mix of curries, teppanyaki, donburi (big bowls of rice with meat and vegetables), ramen and salads. Moreover, the main courses, such as cha han and yaki udon, start at about £8 and the kids menu is great value and fairly healthy. Unfortunately, the food isn't anything to write home about - the salmon teriyaki with soba noodles (about £11), for example, can be overcooked. Still, this is a lively pit stop for a fast family meal on the hoof. 7/10