You can find Wagamama Restaurant at the London Designer Outlet in Wembley
STAR RATING: Five stars
PRICE: See menu below or on this link wagamama.com – but best to check with restaurant
RESTAURANT: Wagamama Restaurant, London Designer Outlet, Wembley, 104 Wembley Park Blvd, London HA9 0FD 020 8795 2597
PARKING: PRICE:The Red Car Park at the London Designer Outlet (prices from January 2022
1 hour: £2; 2 hours: £3; 3 hours: £4; 4 hours: £5; 8 hours: £11; 12 hours: £15;
NEAREST TUBE STATION: Wembley Park (Metropolitan Line)
IF YOU are planning a day out for some shopping and a nice meal to round it off, then the London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park, on the Underground’s Metropolitan Line, should be on your radar. Or you could be on holiday and travelling by car, and fancying a trip somewhere in the capital – lock this into your SatNav destination. They have plenty of parking as long as it’s not on football (soccer) match days or big concert events.
Designer brands are a key attraction in this location
The London Design Outlet has lots of designer brands to whet your appetite and it’s been a frequent hotspot for my family’s shopping. Brands include: Adidas; Calvin Klein; Bhavi; Chapelle; Claire’s; Clarks; Converse; Dune London; Villeroy & Boch 1748; Vans “Off The Wall”; m; Yankee Candle; Zwilling J. A. Henckels; Holland & Barrett; Huawei; Kurt Geiger; Levis; Lindt; Moss Bros, to name a few.
London Designer Outlet is on four floors, reached by stairs or escalators, with the retail stores being mostly on the ground and first floors. The other floors are dominated by amazing and reasonably-priced restaurants.
Creature of habit when it comes to ordering good quality cuisine
My favorite restaurant at the London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park is Wagamama, which serves Asian food based on Japanese cuisine. This restaurant, with its long tables and benches, is part of a British chain of eateries, of which I have grown fond off since I was introduced to Japanese food some years back. They have a great menu with many choices, but the first thing they ask you before you place your order is if you have any allergies. My only allergy is paying the bill, but that doesn’t happen here, as the food is reasonably priced.
Dishes to suit all tastes- but no halal at this eaterie
If you are ordering your food online (click and collect) they have a link to allergy information. https://www.wagamama.com/allergen-information Wagamama Otherwise the staff will brief you at the restaurant. Wagamama don’t do halal dishes and their vegetarian options contain alcohol in its sauces, in case you need to know. For those wishing to cut down on their calorie intake, they have vegan dishes like edamame beans served with salt. You pop them out of their pod and enjoy, spending only 246 kcal.
Chicken Katsu Curry is the number one dish at this place
But being a creature of habit, I always opt for one of two dishes at Wagamama. It’s either a Chicken Katsu Curry, which the restaurant chain claim is their number one dish. They have served it 2.5 million times or a Chilli Chicken Ramen, whose figures I don’t have to hand, but is my number one dish.
Gyoza gets you in the mood for eating more…
But before I have my main, I always like to get myself into the mood with a few side dishes. One of my favorites is gyoza, and these tasty dumplings can come with chicken or vegetables. I dip mine in soya sauce to give it that extra kick. I eat them slowly to enjoy them and then can’t wait for my main.
Bone broth is a rich source for supporting your digestive system
On my last four occasions at Wagamama in Wembley it has been the Chilli Chicken Ramen. The spicy light broth is sensational as it is low in fat and calories, and is rich in protein. Some health experts praise the dish because of its bone broth which contains a rich source of glutamine. This is the main fuel for the cells of our gut lining, and is supposed to support our digestive system.
There’s only one word for it and for this dish it has to be TASTY!!!
Irrespective of that, there’s only one word for this dish and that is that it is tasty. However, I would go along with the health experts analysis, as on one outing I wasn’t feeling too well and having just had a bowl of this piping hot and spicy dish, my tummy felt truly cleansed. To say it acted like a disinfectant might be too strong, but the stomach didn’t feel jippy after the meal but perfectly fine. I think the chillis did the trick of getting rid of anything bad in my tummy. This wonderful dish also comes with noodles, chicken, beansprouts, spring onions, coriander, chili and lime. What more could you ask for?
Open-plan kitchen so you can see your food being prepared and cooked before it is put on your table
During my last visit I enjoyed the food so much that I actually did a customer review. The staff are friendly, you can see your meal prepared in the open-plan kitchen and it is delivered to your table with top table service.
Green tea or a cold Asahi suits me right to the ground
There are plenty of drinks, but I usually opt for green tea. If I want an alcoholic beverage, it has to be the Japanese beer Asahi. The beer has a bitter taste and low sweetness and can best be described as smooth with a crisp finish. It also has a rich wheat aroma that will leave you wanting more.
Forget chopsticks – I can dig in with a knife and fork
On balance, I can’t find much fault with Wagamama apart from the fact that I still haven’t mastered the use of chopsticks, though they are kind enough to provide you with a spoon, knife and fork. The restaurant is about a 15-minute walk from Wembley Park Underground Station, which is the easiest way to get there. But if you are travelling by car, they have plenty of parking spaces when there are no big concerts on at Wembley Arena or football (soccer) games at Wembley Stadium.