Restaurant reviews


September 1, 2015

**Please check out my recent post on Wagamama for up to date info on their vegan options!**

Wagamama is another one of those chain restaurants, like Yo! Sushi, where you are pretty much guaranteed the same standard of food wherever you go, making it a good option if you’re in a new place and unsure what restaurants are vegan-friendly.

Wagamama serves Asian food – think big, slurpy bowls of noodles, flavorful rice dishes and fresh salads. While the in-store menu does not clearly mark the vegan dishes, if you visit the website it gives you the option to filter vegan dishes so you can easily see what you can eat at a glance. Some of the dishes that are vegan include edamame, aga tofu, yasai gyoza, miso soup, wok fried greens and yasai itame.

On my most recent visit to Wagamama in Leicester we ordered the edamame with chili salt and vegetable gyoza to share, while I went for the yasai itame as my main. The yasai itame consists of rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass broth topped with tofu and vegetables (stir-fried beansprouts, red and spring onions, bok choi, peppers, mushrooms and chillies) and garnished with coriander and lime. The curry was delicious – it had just the right amount of spice and zing from the chilies and lime, without overpowering the tofu and veggies. It’s a big bowl – but I nearly managed to finish it all!

Andrew went for the yasai cha han donburi – stir-fried brown rice with tofu and vegetables, egg, mushrooms, mangetout, sweetcorn and spring onions, served with a side of japanese pickles. He also thoroughly enjoyed his dish and was impressed by the size (but did manage to finish it!).

While there is only one vegan main on the menu at the moment, it’s a good one. There are also quite a few vegan starters, so you can even make a meal out of those if you don’t feel like a big bowl of curry. All in all I quite liked our meal, and it’s always good to have Wagamama on standby if I’m in a new city without vegan restaurants.

Keep in mind that the seating is communal – so be prepared to share your table with a group of other people on a busy evening!

  • Anna Daftari September 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Looks great <3 I love eating thai food and japanese !! Love your blog by the way 🙂 love, Anna

  • Sarah September 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    You can also veganise some dishes, I have the yasai yaki soba but have upon noodles and no egg

  • ofbeautyand September 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I didn’t know they had vegan options! x

    Heather | The Veggie Kitchen x

    • Leicester Veggie September 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      oh yeah – and they’re quite good!

  • Lex September 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I used to love the itame, but when I looked at their allergen book in the restaurant last week, it said the dish was now only vegan if you remove the tofu too, and the server confirmed. But the website guide (dated July 2015) says it’s vegan. I’m confused.

    • Leicester Veggie September 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      interesting – I’ll have to investigate. I’ll try to get in touch with Wagamama’s headquarters and see what they say.

    • Leicester Veggie September 29, 2015 at 11:49 am

      I just had confirmation from Wagamama that the yasai itame with tofu IS in fact vegan. strange that your server would say otherwise!