When I think of Wagamama I automatically just think of noodles, so I was pretty excited to be invited along to the Manchester Spinningfields restaurant this lunchtime to sample some of their brand new menu items. I decided I’d branch out (beyond noodles) into their new contemporary pan-Asian mains and starters and I was also very happy to be able to choose some fairly healthy options, which is great! (By the way, one thing I love about their online menu is that it includes nutritional information for all their dishes).
First up I ordered the Hirata steamed bun with korean barbecue beef, which was quite an unusual-sounding starter. The spicy barbequed beef is served with red onion and Japanese mayo in a very soft, fluffy Asian bun – I was expecting something heavy and bread-like but actually it was very light and puffy. I thought it was very tasty little starter, which I don’t suppose I would normally have picked but was very glad I did!
Then for my main course I decided to go for the healthiest sounding option – Grilled tuna with quinoa. This was a very tasty seared tuna steak on a bed of warm quinoa and veggies (kale, red peppers, red onion and beans). It came served with a cucumber and sesame seed salad, and I could really taste the sesame flavour, which is one of my favourites in this style of cooking. Overall I thought it was a delicious main course, very colourful and full of different Asian flavours.
I also decided to try one of Wagamama’s fresh signature juices – the Blueberry Spice, which contains blueberry, apple, carrot and a hint of ginger. This was a lovely fruity and refreshing drink with a spicy kick from the ginger (I love fresh ginger so much!).
I really enjoyed my healthy pan-Asian lunch and I reckon all the new menu options look great! It’s definitely opened my eyes to the potential of Wagamama!
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