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Sticky Pork Belly Wagamama new menu

Do you want a sneak peak of the new Wagamama menu launching this Wednesday? Sure you do!

Intu Lakeside invited myself and James along to Intu Lakeside’s Wagamama to try out dishes for their brand new menu which is launching nationwide on Wednesday 10th May.

Before we found out the new dishes on the menu, we ordered a variety of starters to try. Between 7 of us, we ordered 9 starters to try – who loves Wagamama? We sure do!

Ebi Katsu Wagamama

Ebi Katsu

This is one of my favourite starters from Wagamama! Ebi Katsu is crispy fried prawns in panko breadcrumbs, served with a spicy chilli and garlic sauce and a lime on the side to garnish the prawns. Deliciously tender prawns and a crunchy coating – one of my favourites!

Edamame with salt Wagamama

Edamame with salt

I’d not tried this before and after trying it, I probably won’t be ordering it again in a hurry. This generous portion of steamed edamame beans is sprinkled with salt and when they’re hot, they’re quite nice to nibble on. As they got cold quite quickly, they were a little tough to chew and digest. So sadly, not one of my favourites!

Duck Gyoza Wagamama

Duck Gyoza

Gyozas are always my go-to starters to order, so we ordered five fried duck dumplings, which comes with a dipping sauce. The duck was tender and melt in the mouth with a sweet and sticky glaze, and the dumpling was deliciously crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside – always a winner!

Lollipop Prawn Kushiyaki Wagamama

Lollipop Prawn Kushiyaki

Another one of my go-to starters, (can you tell I’ve been to Wagamama a lot before?) is the lollipop prawn kushiyaki, which is skewers of grilled prawns that have been marinated in lemongrass, lime and chilli, and served with a caramelised lime on the side. The prawns are always juicy and have a sweet chilli kick – just a shame there wasn’t more of them!

Prawn Gyoza Wagamama

Prawn Gyoza

The second gyozas we ordered were the prawn ones. Five fried prawn dumplings served with a sweet dipping sauce. Like the duck gyozas, the prawns were super tender and the crunchy dumpling coating was a winner dipped into the sweet, sticky sauce!

Pork Belly + Panko Apple Hirata Steamed Buns Wagamama

Pork Belly + Panko Apple Hirata Steamed Buns

I’ve tried the steamed buns from Giraffe, but I’ve never tried them from Wagamama before, so we decided to order a portion of the pork belly & panko apple ones. The verdict? BLOODY DELICIOUS. The starter comes as two fluffy Asian buns stuffed with pork belly and panko apple, served with Japanese mayonnaise and coriander. I am addicted to these fluffy Asian buns, I really want to pick some up myself and see what meat and dressings I can pack them with.

Chilli Squid Wagamama

Chilli Squid

I’ve not tried squid before but I decided to give it a whirl – and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was! The crispy, fried squid comes dusted with shichimi and served with a chill coriander dipping sauce. The squid was crunchy on the inside but super soft inside – I’ve definitely been converted!

Pork Ribs Wagamama

Pork Ribs

Surprise surprise, a dish I’ve not yet had at Wagamama before! Shocking, I know. These delicious pork ribs are served with a sweet and sticky Korean barbecue sauce and sprinkled with mixed sesame seeds. The meat fell off the bone and the mixed sesame seeds added a nice crunch.

Tori Kara Age Wagamama

Tori Kara Age

Another started I’ve not tried before, but I will 100% be ordering on my next visit, is the tori kara age. The dish is seasoned crispy chicken bites, dressed in and served with a spiced sesame and soy sauce and garnished with lime. This chicken was ah-ma-zing. The coating was crispy and a little spicy, and the chicken tender and soft. The spiced sesame dip completed the dish nicely.

 

 

After trying Wagamama’s starters, we were briefed on the new menu by Asia, a super lovely, friendly and passionate team member who has worked in a variety of Wagamama’s, including the Covent Garden branch!

 

Wagamama’s new menu

The new menu, launching on Wednesday 10th May, consists of curries, salads and the most delicious sticky pork belly dish. So here’s your exclusive sneak peak on the brand new menu launching in May!

 

Beef Tataki Wagamama new menu

Beef Tataki

Sushi beef tataki is a very popular sushi dish, so Wagamama have incorporated it into their brand new menu! I was pleasantly surprised with this dish as I’ve never had *practically* raw beef before. The thinly sliced raw beef is flash-sealed on a hot pan with a Japanese mayo droplet on each piece. A citrus ponzu sauce, made from lime juice, orange juice and fresh chillies is served on the side with a beetroot and coriander side salad.

Samla Chicken Curry Wagamama new menu

Samla Chicken Curry

Samla chicken curry is one of the new curries to feature on the menu. Inspired by Cambodian and Thai curries, the dish is infused with galangal, lemon grass and curry powder to give it a really fresh and spicy kick. The sauce is made from onions, shallots, desiccated coconut, coconut milk and tamarind, and is a curry packed with fresh vegetables, shredded chicken and a bowl of sticky white rice.

I’m not a curry person but I really enjoyed this flavoursome curry, although it does pack quite a punch! I’m a wimp with spice though so to others, it might not be spicy at all.

Samla Yasai Curry Wagamama new menu

Samla Yasai Curry

The Samle Yasai curry is made from the exact same sauce as the Samla chicken curry, but is a vegetarian version with onions and mushrooms. It’s a great meat substitution and you’re not missing out on flavour at all, the fresh chillies, spring onions and coriander work really well with the smooth, spicy curry.

Pad Thai Salad Wagamama new menu

Pad Thai Salad

The pad thai salad is a simple, fresh salad dish made with salad leaves, juicy plump king prawns, shredded beetroot, crunchy fried onions and a tamarind dressing drizzled on top. For me, the salad is a bit take it or leave it. I love a good salad, but it’s never something I’d order if I was going out for lunch or dinner. The prawns were super plump and delicious however, and the crunchy onions on top were a nice addition.

Grilled Bream Donburi Wagamama new menu

Grilled Bream Donburi

Donburi is traditionally a bowl of meat with rice, usually beef or chicken. But this time, Wagamama have broken the rule books to create a fish based donburi dish, packed with chilli, coriander and kimchi. Sea Bream is the fish of choice for this dish, and it was cooked to perfection. The fish was flaky and melted in the mouth, and the skin was super crunchy. I would definitely consider ordering this, as opposed to my go-to Katsu curry!

Sticky Pork Belly Wagamama new menu

Sticky Pork Belly

I’m saving the best one tip’ last with this one. Promise.

The sticky pork belly was my favourite dish of the new menu, and here’s why.

The pork belly is a boneless cut of fatty meat, which is sous vide to retain all it’s flavour and tenderness. The mouth-watering sticky marinade is made using amai sauce, teriyaki sauce, honey, citrus ponzu and orange juice, which is drizzled over the pork belly to give it a sweet, sticky glaze. The pork belly sits on a bed of aubergine, which has been dipped in miso paste and grilled. Served with a side of sticky white rice, it’s the perfect belly-warming dish that will leave you satisfied.

 

What’s your favourite Wagamama dish? What new Wagamama dish would you like to try?

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I was invited to try out Wagamama's new menu by Intu Lakeside in exchange for a review. All photos and thoughts are my own!

16 Comments

  1. May 8, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Great post! I don’t like this kind of food… but it does look nice! xx

    louiselovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  2. May 8, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I love Wagamamas, and especially steamed buns! The sticky pork looks amazing too, glad you enjoyed it! I am definitely going to have to go and try their new menu soon xxx

  3. May 8, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Ahhh I love Wagamama so much! That Samla curry looks seriously delicious – I can’t wait for when I get to try it out! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  4. May 9, 2017 / 2:08 am

    Several times through out viewing this post, I wanted to reach into the screen and grab a bite of some of these meals. I’ve never heard of Wagamama before until now but I’m glad I did haha. Deffinately adding to my list of places I need to eat at!

  5. May 9, 2017 / 5:10 am

    Reading this when I’m Nil By mouth was a major rookie idea! These looks delicious. I do enjoy the edenmama beans though but agree once they go cold they’re a bit blahhh.

  6. May 9, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I love Wagamama, the food is lovely and they have a lot of vegetarian options for us. I tried Edamame with salt and chilli and I enjoyed it. I had to ask the waiter how we were supposed to eat them, as the shell was hard. 🙂
    It looks like you had a great time. x

  7. May 9, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    OMG I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Wagamama’s and am actually kinda jealous of this. I haven’t been in quite a while (which reminds me I need to go back soon) but the food is absolutely delicious and I like to try something new each time. For me it’s the coconut reika dessert that just fills me with PURE JOY every time, and that’s one thing I will always reorder each time – I assume they didn’t have any new desserts then? But the food pictures look to die for and I’m excited to go when they have the new menus now! Thanks for the post 🙂

  8. May 10, 2017 / 7:35 am

    I love this so much, your food posts always make me so hungry. Great photos! We only have like 3 or 4 wagamama’s in the whole of the Netherlands unfortunately!

  9. May 10, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    We don’t have a Wagamama nearby so I actually have never had the chance of trying them out!
    Your post has given me quite a good idea of what a yummy food they have. I do like Edname but just like them as a snack, without the salt! (that’s me trying to be healthy lol)
    XX

  10. May 10, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I love Wagamama! It’s definitely one of my fave and this menu looks incredible! The dumplings look so yummy, I’m definitely hungry now haha Great pictures btw!

  11. May 11, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I’ve actually never been to Wagamama before! The food looks amazing, I’m not a curry fan but everything else looks delicious!

  12. May 14, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I’ve never actually been to wagamama and after seeing this is I have no idea why! I’ll definitely be checking it out asap.

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

  13. May 14, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Ok, I literally cannot cope with all this food porn! I need EVERYTHING!!!! The Tori Kara Age sound incredible and the steamed buns I just have to have! Get me to Wagamamas ASAP!!xx

    http://www.honeypotblogs.com

  14. May 15, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I’m so boring whenever I go to Wagamama, I always have the squid to start and then either the veggie or chicken katsu curry but that pork belly sounds and looks delicious!

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