On Earth Day this year, Wagamama introduced paper straws as an initiative to reduce usage in their effort to better the planet. Since then, they’ve also rolled out a new seasonal menu with many new options for vegans and vegetarians.
Trailblazing UK vegan chef Gaz Oakley will visit New York and Boston to promote the new menu beginning June 17. Oakley will meet and greet fans, and at some locales, conduct a live cooking demonstration showing how he makes a vegan egg from coconut and sriracha. Some of those dishes include the Avant Gard’n with barbecue glazed seitan and the Shicimi Tofu. What’s exciting is that these new options are offered exclusively in the US! Lucky for me the only dietary restriction I have is being too sensitive to spice, because everything I ate was so spectacular!
Every good meal starts with a good drink and we started ours with the Yuzu Collins and Lychee Martini. Both were very strong and the Yuzu Collins tasted very fresh thanks to the ginger and mint. The Lychee Martini should not be mistaken for a typical one as it’s made with Kissui Japanese Vodka and is not very sweet.
For an appetizer, we chose the Korean Barbecue Beef and Red Onion Bao Buns and the Japanese mayonnaise gives each bite a tangy kick. I wanted to eat each flavor, but also wanted to save room for dessert and the fluffy buns are very filling.
We then moved on to the main dishes and opted to try the teppanyaki bowls. Teppanyaki is full of stir-fried then griddled noodles, so the noodles are soft but the vegetables are crunchy.
We tried out the Ryokucha Soba bowl, which is one of the seasonal dishes, served with green tea noodles. The miso-glazed cod in the dish had a nice sear that paired nicely with the rest of the dish. We also had the Steak Bulgogi bowl, a staple at Wagamama. The steak was cooked perfectly and the dish melded well together with the eggplant and tea-stained egg.
We ended on a sweet note and got the Coconut Ice Cream and Banana Katsu with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. With the crunchiness of the panko bread crumbs and caramel drizzle, It is a must if you’re visiting and love bananas.
Wagamama is a consistent dinner option offering in both the Murray Hill/ Grand Central and Flatiron areas. It’s great to grab a fast-casual meal with family, friends, coworkers, or even with a date. Don’t forget to get a snap of the street art on the wall of the Murray Hill location when you visit too! We can’t wait to see what new items they introduce next!
– Stephanie Carino
210 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Wagamama Murray Hill
605 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10158
Photos by Socially Superlative