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Wagamama, High St Kensington

Grandma was in town so we had a rare free weekday evening to go out whilst she looked after Baby G. Problem was we had both had busy days so despite the babysiting we would rather have stayed in. However a free night is a free night so we struck out from home with no clear plan of where to go or what to eat. High st Kensington has lots of chain restaurants (Cote, Strada, brasserie Gerrard, Pizza Hut) but nothing was grabbing us. We had a look at Aubaine but nobody looked particularly happy in there. We then looked over the road to bright lights of Wagamama and decided it was the least worst option.

After a bit of confusion where the restaurant actually was in the building it was two flights up (the lift was broken) we walked into a relatively busy buzzy canteen. We were seated on one of the big tables with only one other party near us. We were quite hungry so ordered some of the special duck gyoza's and some chicken yakitori to start on. the gyoza's were very nice, good taste and texture. The chicken skewers a bit bland, they looked the part but lacked taste. To follow I went for an udon noodle dish which was very tasty and hearty whilst my lovely wife had a curry. She really enjoyed it as it had big pieces of chicken and veg in the sauce along with plenty of fluffy rice.

To wash the meal down I had some green tea and a bottle of Asahi black which was seriously nice, it went a treat with the food. Service was pretty good, the waiter who looked after us was genuinely friendly which is always nice to see in a chain place like this. The bill came to £46 including tip which wasn't too bad. All in all we had a nice time, perhaps not what we envisaged for our free evening but perfectly nice food.

Thursday, April 07, 2011
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Naga, High St Kensington

Franco Manca, Chiswick, this chain & Chris Addison aren't quite as good as they think they are