Wagamama, St. Julians

A couple of years ago whilst on holiday in Brighton (UK), I had the opportunity to eat at Wagamama.  When I spotted the adverts on local newspapers, I was delighted to hear that this franchise will also be opening its doors to the Maltese citizens.

On the last weekend of November, the restaurant gave the opportunity to a number of guests (who registered as members on their website) for previews and tasting of their various Asian dishes.

My invite was for Saturday evening…luckily on my arrival there were no long queues to get in, as I would have definitely headed elsewhere.   As we walked in,  we could not help but notice the enthusiasm and eagerness which was written all over the staff’s faces.  They were all very helpful and well informed.   However I felt it was over invading to ask whether all was fine over and over again, whilst I was trying to handle the chopsticks and indulging my face in the plate of noodles.   Oh another thing…you have to ask for normal cutlery, they are not provided.

The interior decoration is modern and bright…but not too much to my fancy.  Most of the tables are too close to each other, so there is no privacy for conversation.   It is not a place I would go to linger on after your lunch/dinner.

We were seated at a table close to the bar…amongst the commotion of a big number of staff running around. We placed our orders after carefully going through the menu which consisted of the following: –

Side Dishes which we shared as starters : Duck Gyoza (5 pieces of deep fried pastry filled with duck and served with hoisin sauce) and Ebi Gyoza (6 pieces of deep fried prawn served with chilli sauce). The prawns were too oily and the sauce a little bit too spicy for those who do not tolerate that taste. The duck gyoza was finger licking.

Main: My friend had Teriyaki salmon soba (grilled salmon fillet on a bed of teppan fried soba noodles with curry oil, snake beans, chillies, red and spring onions, beansprouts and bok choi), Whilst I had Teriyaki steak soba (grilled sirloin steak on a bed of teppan fried soba noodles with curry oil, snake beans, chillies, red and white spring onions, beansprouts and bok choi. Both dishes were served with the same noodles, the only thing that differed where the salmon and the sirloin steak. My meat could have been cooked less, otherwise all tasted great. My friend thought the noodles were too spicy. In fact I think that this could have been indicated on the menu, regardless of the fact that chillies were amongst the listed ingredients.

We also had the opportunity to sample one of the healthy juices listed on the menu…one which consisted of a mixture of apple, orange and passion fruit which was great too.

Since this was a preview invite we did not pay…after doing my calculations our bill for two would have amounted to about EUR 48.

St Georges Road, St. Julians

00356 2010 6969

http://www.wagamama.com.mt/