Mon 3 Sep 2018
This weekend I had a lovely dinner with a small group of friends at Wagamama on Lothian Road in Edinburgh. Wagamama is a chain of Asian restaurants, inspired by the fast-paced noodle bars of Japan. They don’t take bookings for small groups, which is fine, if you don’t mind a bit of a wait sometimes when it’s busy. And for us, this was ideal as we weren’t sure what time everyone would arrive. So, we just met up at a nearby pub and once we were all there we headed along to the restaurant at about 8 pm. As it happens, it wasn’t busy at all and we got a table straight away.
The interior is simple and minimalist, with long wooden tables and benches. The kitchen is open, so you can see the chefs preparing the food. Everyone is very friendly and it has a nice, informal atmosphere.
I decided to order a chicken samla curry. This is a fragrant, spicy lemongrass and coconut curry with peppers, shiitake mushrooms and baby plum tomatoes. It comes with white rice and a little spring onions, chilli and coriander. When I ordered it I asked how hot it was, as I don’t like really hot food. The waiter said it was medium spiced, and if I didn’t like it he would just change it for something else. Sure enough, when my food arrived (which didn’t take long) he came to check if it was ok for me. I thought this was excellent service. But the curry was perfect for me, so I didn’t need to change anything. It had just the right level of heat and it was very tasty and filling.
Chopsticks were on the table for us to eat with, but I just can’t use them for curry! I was a bit embarrassed actually, as everyone else was fine with them, but in the end I had to grab a fork from up on the counter.
We all really enjoyed our meals and had a fantastic time catching up. A main course and wine came to less than £20 per person, which we were happy with. We would definitely go back.
Wagamama, Castle Terrace / Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP