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Overall Score: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, Mr B and I dined here free of charge. The opinions expressed in this article remain my own.
Wagamama have well and truly upped their veggie game! Regular readers may remember my lukewarm review of the St Andrew Square branch a few months ago, where I had to meticulously find the very few vegan options for myself by cross-referencing an allergy info binder with the menu. Well, those days are well and truly gone.
That’s right. As of October 2017, Wagamama have a whole new vegan menu. When I was approached by the manager of the Lothian Road branch to be one of the first to try it, I didn’t have to be asked twice! So Mr B and I popped along, excited to see what was in store.
Vegan food available at Wagamama
Wagamama have completely revamped their veggie offering. You can either ask your server for the dedicated vegan menu, or find the options on the main menu. Either way, all of the dishes that are vegan are clearly marked. And not a single allergy info binder in sight. Hip, hip, hooray!
So what’s on offer now at Wagamama?
- Edamame Steamed edamame beans, served with salt or garlic chilli salt
- Wok-fried greens Tenderstem broccoli and bok choi, stir-fried in a garlic and soy sauce
- Yasai gyoza Five tasty steamed dumplings, filled with vegetables, served grilled and with a dipping sauce
- Raw salad Mixed leaves, edamame beans, baby plum tomatoes seaweed and pickled mooli, carrot and red onion, topped with fried shallots and finished with a Wagamama soy dressing
- Yasai itame Rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup with tofu and vegetables, topped with stir-fried beansprouts, red and spring onions, bok choi, peppers, mushrooms and chilli, garnished with coriander and fresh lime
- Kare burosu ramen Shichimi-coated silken tofu and grilled mixed mushrooms on a bed of udon noodles in a curied vegetable broth, finished with pea shoots, carrot, chilli and coriander
- Yasai pad thai Rice noodles in an amai sauce with tofu, beansprouts, leeks, chilli and red onion, garnished with fried shallots, peanuts, mint, coriander and fresh lime
- Yasai yaki soba Udon or rice noodles with mushrooms, peppers, beansprouts, leeks, chilli and red onion, garnished with fried shallots, peanuts, mint, coriander and fresh lime
- Warm chilli yasai salad Tofu with stir-fried red peppers, mangetout, tenderstem broccoli and red onion on a bed of baby gem lettuce, dressed in a sweet chilli sauce and garnished with spring onions and cashew nuts
- Yasai samla curry A fragrant, spicy lemongrass and coconut curry with tofu, peppers, shiitake mushrooms and baby plum tomatoes, served with white rice and garnished with spring onions, chilli and coriander
- Pink guava and passionfruit sorbet Served with fresh mint
- Lemongrass and lime sorbet Served with fresh mint
As you can see from the list above, some of the old favourites are still on the menu – so some of the pictures below are from our visit to the St Andrew Square branch back in April, but you can still order these dishes today.
The new vegan food at Wagamama is great. The yasai gyoza to start are always a good crowdpleaser, but the real dark horse of the side menu in my book is the wok-fried greens – the garlic soy sauce is absolutely delicious and yet it’s still a lovely light way to start your meal.
The yasai itame curry looked familiar from the last menu, which is lovely, creamy and coconutty with a bit of a chilli kick. The new star of the show is the kare burosu ramen, featuring big chunky udon noodles and crispy coated tofu swimming in a moreish curry sauce.
My personal favourite dish on the main menu is the yasai samla curry – a rich coconut sauce with tofu and tomato. And it’s not just me who loves this dish – it also recently won a Peta Vegan Food Award.
Mr B, on the other hand, is a sucker for a pad thai. Wagamama’s vegan version did not disappoint, with a lovely sweet and spicy sauce and generous chunks of tofu.
Wagamama finish off their menu with a couple of sorbets. Of course it would be lovely to see some more imaginative desserts appear here in the future, but they have made such fantastic strides in their vegan offering I was happy to let them off on this one.
Wagamama has become very friendly for vegans, and I would be delighted to return in the future and try even more of their delicious vegan choices. Forget my previous review – Wagamama have really pushed the boat out to expand their vegan offering. Take a bow, guys!
Menu info: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆
This post features pictures from Wagamama in St Andrew Square and Lothian Road, but there is also a branch in Edinburgh in Ocean Terminal, Leith.