Friday, March 18, 2011

Wagamama @ Wintergarden, Brisbane

To those who don't already know, Wagamama is an uber huge chain of Japanese fusion restaurants originating from UK and creation of a Chinese. The same Chinese who opened Michelin restaurants that he later sold to private equity firms.  

So you would think that the food be good but walking past the restaurant one day with a friend who studied in the UK,  he commented "its not nice and seriously nothing great". Since then, I have avoided it as prices aren't too cheap either, at around AUD 20 plus a dish.

Why visit you must wonder? That particular day, there was an online promotion a buy 1 free 1 voucher and immediately the chinese blood in me said "what a bargain".

Going through the menu, it doesn't have many true blue japanese dishes. Many are fusion and jazzed up or from a different asian region altogether. So don't be surprised to find a thai dish or a korean dish in a Japanese named restaurant. 


Although we paid half price which I have no idea whether that meant half portion, I can't understand why one would pay AUD20 for a plate of udon noodles with a few prawns and pieces of seafood. While the flavour was alright and the carbohydrates satisfying, there wasn't anything else to justify the price tag.


I believe the Beef Teriyaki fared better but then again, this a dish easily replicated with beef and a bottle of teriyaki sauce. 


While the first two dishes resembled japanese food, the curry ramen certainly did not. I didn't tried any but judging by the speed it was finished, it could have meant the portion was not huge or it was pretty damn good.


Since we couldn't find another person to join the trio for dinner that night, we ordered a portion of salad. Again very disappointing, just look at their interpretation of tempura prawns! That is not tempura, my friend.

With a drink and if you had paid full prices, a meal here can easily cost you AUD30 and most importantly, you definitely haven't got an ounce of authenticity unless you are not looking for any. 

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Wagamama (Wintergarden) on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. With no Buy 1 Free 1 voucher, I would definitely not come back again, a fast food japanese influenced restaurant that cost a bomb to eat at. Then again, if you are not game enough to eat authentic Japanese food, this place is a good transition.


babe_kl said...

oh, they appeared in KL for a couple of years then disappeared. food wasnt too bad and yes was quite ex 10 years ago

Michelle Chin said...

That is so not tempura!

Michelle Chin said...

That is so not tempura!

Life for Beginners said...

Awww. Hope you have a better meal the next time, bro! :)

Baby Sumo said...

I quite like Wagamama actually... their yaki udon and chilli ramen is quite yummy.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: it is quite yummy but too expensive at the price point here, whats the prices like in UK?

lob: certainly hope so!

mchin: obvious isnt? terrible interpretation.

babekl: really? had no idea they were ard 10 yrs ago.

Baby Sumo said...

I think it's about 7 quid for a plate. Was quite reasonable.

Brisbane Devoured said...


Doesnt sound good at all... wont be going there

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

brisbane devoured: well not worth the effort, to be dreadfully honest.

babysumo: if it was at that price point aka 12-13 aud i think it b a better meal.