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Wagamama

Wagamama
Unit 5, St Andrew Square
Edinburgh
EH2 2BD

+44(0)131 285 4787
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Overall Score: ★★☆☆☆

St Andrew Square is really coming to life! With new eateries like Dishoom and Wahaca opening up, I can really see this being a hive of activity while the St James gets redeveloped. The latest restaurant to open in this corner of town is Edinburgh’s third branch of Wagamama, so recently Mr B and I decided to pop in and check it out.

Vegan food available at Wagamama

Like most chains, Wagamama has really comprehensive allergy guidance for every item on its menu. Our server wasn’t 100% sure what vegan options were available (he also thought fish sauce was vegetarian – but I sincerely hope that is just a training issue), so just ask for the allergy info binder which will keep you right.

Unfortunately,  because this information is so comprehensive, I had to spend a few minutes cross-referencing what was on the menu compared to what was in the binder. To save you the same kind of effort, here are the dishes that are vegan at the time of writing:

Food

  • Edamame beans (choose between plain, salted and with chilli garlic salt)
  • Wok-fried greens
  • Raw salad
  • Yasai steamed gyoza
  • Yasai itame curry
  • Steamed rice
  • Sticky rice
  • Chillies
  • Miso soup with Japanese pickles
  • Japanese pickles

Drink

  • Carrot juice
  • Super green juice
  • Blueberry spice juice
  • Positive juice
  • Repair juice
  • Power juice

To be honest, I was quite disappointed with the choice available. As you can see from the list above, most of the dishes suitable for vegans were in fact sides or extras, and there was only really one main dish to choose from: the yasai itame curry.

So, Mr B and I ordered that with side servings of the chilli garlic salt edamame beans and vegetable gyoza.

Ginger beer at Wagamama Edinburgh

Ginger beer

 

Inside the new Wagamama at St Andrew Square

The new premises is certainly lovely and modern

 

Wagamama Kitchen St Andrew Square Edinburgh

… and you can see right into the kitchen – which is a nice touch

 

Steamed yasai gyoza at Wagamama Edinburgh

Steamed yasai gyoza

 

Salt chilli garlic edamame beans at Wagamama Edinburgh

Chilli garlic salt edamame beans

 

Vegan yasai itame at Wagamama Edinburgh

Yasai itame curry

The meal itself was fine. I really enjoyed the itame curry, which was creamy and coconutty with a chilli kick. The edamame beans were also okay, but a lot of the flavoursome chilli garlic salt didn’t make it down to the bottom of the bowl, making the last few beans quite underwhelming.

I really hope Wagamama make a point of expanding their vegan menu and training their staff well, because in the future there will only be more and more vegans coming through their doors. With strong competition from the likes of YO! Sushi, they will really need to keep up.

Choice: ★★☆☆☆
Menu info: ★★★☆☆
Deliciousness: ★★★☆☆
Value for money: ★★☆☆☆

We visited the Wagamama in St Andrew Square, but there are other branches in Edinburgh on Lothian Road and in Ocean Terminal, Leith. 

1 Comment

  1. I wish I’d read this prior to going here last night. I agree with you about the cross referencing the menu with the allergy binder. Initially things that you would expect to be vegan just aren’t and you are left totally underwhelmed by the remaining choice.
    Our server got the manager to run through what I could have and I ended up with an altered tofu Pad Thai. It was really yummy and good that they are flexible enough to prepare something not on the menu. So the staff were brilliant and accommodating but the stress of ordering could have been avoided if they had a comprehensive vegan menu.

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