Wagamama

Restaurants South Bank
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Venue name: Wagamama
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Address: Riverside Level 1
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Cross street: Royal Festival Hall
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Vera S
tastemaker

I was pretty impressed that, despite being in such a busy spot, Wagamama manages to keep its charm when it comes to both interior design and staff. Friendly service and spacious tables best describe this branch - the restaurant has huge arches which creates an awesome, old meets new atmosphere, and there is enough space to move about without bumping into fellow diners. Staff keep their friendliness throughout, chat to you and demonstrate an incredible capability to memorise your order in a split second.


It's my fault, in all fairness, for ordering a salad, but heck, I'm on a diet. But I don't recommend the new summer special pad thai salad, because you can make a better one at home. The dressing doesn't change anything, and you're left with a few prawns on a bag of 'sweet leaf salad' you can buy for 50p at Tesco - all the pleasure for over £10. None the less, the chilli squid and steamed buns, which we ordered for starters, were excellent and left nothing to be desired. Ramens are impeccable and filling, too.


All in all, Wagamama is still a chain - but I think the free green tea, friendly service and food that's clearly fresh (minuds their salads) make up for any issues. On the other hand, you could just go to Chinatown.

Ana M
Tastemaker

Pretty affordable but fairly average food that seemed rushed - certainly nothing to write home about. Always very busy!

Sam B
tastemaker

Despite being in one of London's busiest spots and having almost constant queues, this branch manages to maintain good standards of food with great friendly service. Yes, the food comes when it's ready so you may get one plate.... then another.... and then another. But that's what Wagamamas do. It was fresh and tasty, and the people watching along the Southbank adds to the atmosphere. 

elladacas
tastemaker

Wagamama definitely isn't what it used to be. I can say that because it was once a great spot to get delicious Asian food in a relaxed environment.

The food these days tastes rushed and there's a lack of effort which is portrayed within the flavour and appearance. I came here and has to send back my food as the chef put 2 gallons of chilli in it rendering it inedible !!! As the prices have gone up the quality of the food has lowered... Its sad really but I think they're trying too hard to keep up with the times and in effect losing the essence of what made them great!

Soso T
tastemaker

There's a reason why I try not to dine at a chain restaurant. Staff were pleasant enough, and they tell you food will come out as and when it's ready, but the table next to us arrived after and got their food before us. I was probably a bit hangry at this point, but surely ramen doesn't take that long to prepare. Also the bulgogi steak came well done when we asked for it to be medium rare so there was even more delay in getting our food. We had to ask two members of staff before we got our food. It was a fairly busy lunch period but it still wasn't a good enough excuse. Not impressed with the food either, there are much better ramen places around for the same price.

Sarah G
Tastemaker

I remember my first time at a Wagamama and thinking it was the most amazing experience. Sadly familiarity and popularity means it feels pretty dull now. This branch is efficient and busy. The menu has been revamped since last time which meant i got to try a couple of new things. A bao type roll - delicious, cha han don buri - disappointing as it was basically a very dull fried rice, not the exciting fresh looking dish pictured on the menu.


You know what you're in for at Wagamama - it's reasonably priced and safe but i"m afraid its charm has worn off for me.