No Chips Please! Wagamama Review
Helen Mary is on the hunt for great kids’ menus that buck the chicken nugget trend. She’ll be taking her children on a tour of Brighton’s eateries every month to find the best in kids cuisine. This month a Japanese feast at Wagamama.
I have eaten at Wagamama quite a few times in the evening and loved the food but have never taken my children there. Assuming the food would be too spicy for them, I had not even considered it as an option. I had absolutely no idea they even had a kids menu and was really pleasantly surprised at the number of options on the menu.
The children were really excited about lunch and trudging through the rain didn’t seem to put them off. We were seated in one of the booths which I much prefer to the long bench tables as I like the privacy it brings. The staff were warm and friendly and gave them stickers, an activity sheet, crayons and, the real highlight was the children’s easy to use chopsticks (which my 4 year old ate his entire meal with). The kids had apple juice which tasted amazingly fresh, a real change from the juice made from concentrate that is on offer at most establishments.
I found it difficult to order because there were so many dishes on the menu, dishes I knew the children would love, which is quite a rare treat. We opted for the chicken mini yaki soba (teppan- fried soba noodles with chicken, egg, sweetcorn, mange tout, peppers and amai sauce) and the cod cubes served with sticky white rice, carrot, cucumber and sweetcorn, with amai sauce on the side.
The noodles were something I would eat myself, fresh ingredients and full of flavour but not too much flavour for the children. I was worried about the noodles being cooked in the sauce (rather than having sauce on the side like the cod) but the sweetness of the amai sauce was really enticing to the children. Although the cod was deep fried it didn’t taste greasy at all and the fish was very tender under the panko breadcrumbs. The portions were reasonably large but not overwhelmingly so and the food was presented beautifully.
For dessert they both chose natural fruit ice lollies which came in cherry, strawberry and raspberry and contained pieces of real fruit. These were a nice refreshing end to the meal rather than something too sweet.
Overall it was a wonderful lunch at a reasonable price, meaning it doesn’t just have to be saved for special occasions (between £3.25 and £4.95 for a main and between £1.50 and £1.95 for dessert). I am glad I have finally discovered kids’ meals at Wagamama and I think the children will be taking me back there very soon.
In the meantime, the manager informed me that they will be at the Children’s Food Festival, Friday 18th April 10am-4pm & Saturday 19th April 11am-4pm on Hove Lawns. They will be hosting the ‘Wagamama Food Bravery Challenge’ so head down there with your children for some food fun, looks like it is going to be a great free day out for the kids.