Its a very rare occurrence for Craig and I to enjoy a meal out, just the two of us. But on Sunday, the opportunity of a baby sitter came up and we got the chance to go on what I would call 'date afternoon'.
We had been asked to try out the new Menu at Wagamama's Maidstone. We have actually never been to Wagamama's before, and after visiting on Sunday I have to say I am really questioning why not?! The Maidstone restaurant is only 15 minutes from us, so we have no excuses!
I didn't really know what to expect in Wagamama's, when we arrived I could see that the tables were set out in long rows so that everyone sits together. I wasn't sure if I would like this format, but actually, when we sat down, it felt right and certainly suited the restaraunts style.
The menu is very extensive, lots to choose from. I am not a fan of spicy food, but Craig is, so we usually end up going to restaurants that suit me rather than him. But in Wagamama's they covered all basis, so I felt the choice for both of us was fantastic.
I chose to have the new Beef Teriyaki Donburi, with a side of Duck Gyoza. Then to drink I chose to have the all new Clean Green Juice and a green tea.. For Pudding I opted for the new Banana Katsu.
Craig chose to have the Raisukaree with Chicken, with a side of the new Pork Ribs. Plus a tea stained egg. To drink Craig opted for mineral water, green tea and finally, Hot Chocolate. For pudding he went with the waitress's recommendation of Sweet Onigiri.
The Beef Teriyaki Donburi (which consists of beef brisket in teriyaki sauce with sticky white rice, shredded carrots, pea shoots and spring onion. garnished with sesame seeds and served with a side of kimchee) came in a massive bowl, steaming hot, straight from the kitchen. I should mention, that in Wagamama's you do not all get your meals at the same time, you get your meal as soon as it is cooked. Which, again, I wasn't sure if I would be happy about that, but it worked really well and I am now wondering why other restaurants have not started doing this?! Anyway, back to the Donburi... It was a really delicious, well balanced, fresh dish. the flavours were just right and perfect for my tastes!
The Raisukaree, which Craig chose to have with Chicken was stir fried in a coconut and lime curry sauce with mangetout, peppers, red and spring onions, ginger and garlic.served with rice and garnished with mixed sesame seeds, chillies, coriander and lime. As it was our first time at Wagamama's Craig wanted to try a curry but not an overly spicy one. He was pleased that he went for this one, he is a real coconut lover and said the flavours really complimented each other.
The Duck Gyoza (five deep-fried duck dumplings. served with a spicy cherry hoi sin sauce) again came out steaming hot fresh from the kitchen. They were delicious, I was concerned that the spicy cherry hoi sin sauce would be too spicy for me, but it wasn't and the flavours really complimented the duck.
The Pork Ribs, in a Korean BBQ sauce, were too spicy for me, Craig enjoyed them, but said he would probably go for something a bit more adventurous next time.
Now, with my drink, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying the Juice. Normally I am boring and go for water, at home all I really drink is water. But WOW. I am so glad I did try the Clean Green Juice, it was so scrummy! The flavours really came through, especially the apple and it was a really refreshing drink. It has totally converted me, and I have even looked up juice ideas to try at home!
Its worth noting that Wagamama's offer Green Tea for free! We asked for some Green tea in between our mains and desserts, a lovely touch, which we very much enjoyed.
My pudding, the Banana Katsu (banana in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream) was the icing on the cake for me. It was a perfect end to the meal. I love anything salted caramel at the moment and that is what caught my eye. The ice cream was delicious and went really well with the Banana in panko breadcrumbs.
Craig's pudding of Sweet Onigiri, which is balls of sticky rice rolled in dry coconut and deep-fried.
served with a passion fruit sauce. Was something neither of us had ever tried before, Craig was very glad that he did, he loved the flavour combination and the textures and said he would definitly order again. I did try one, but was unsure of the texture. I think I will stick to my Banana Katsu!
One thing we both agreed on, was that we seemed to eat an awful lot of food, yet, surprisingly, we came away feeling satisfied rather than full up. We didn't feel as if we needed to roll out of the restaurant, we didn't feel like we had over eaten. We simply felt satisfied, and happy that we had eaten some lovely fresh food.
So the verdict is a big thumbs up to Wagamamas Maidstone and their new menu. The service was fantastic and the cost for all of that food and drink was a mere £53. For the portion sizes I think that is amazing value, we felt that we ate and drank really well that day! We will certainly be returning, sooner rather than later, we really want to try some more of that extensive menu!
Have you visited a Wagamama's before? Whats your favourite dish?