Y’know when you have a hankering for specific food to break the mould of the staple few restaurants you usually choose from for a weekend lunch? That happened last weekend when me and Liam took a trip into Chichester.
We usually opt for GBK or Nandos, because we classy af. However, for a little variety this time we decided to go to Wagamamas. I love Japanese cuisine, and I was so ready to get some gyoza and noodles in my mouth.
After being seated on one of the long benches, we ordered our drinks (I chose cloudy lemonade but then asked for the order to be changed when I discovered the juices menu). Despite changing the order fairly quickly, even after a long wait for the drinks, they still brought out the drink I originally chose before changing my mind. They were nice enough to take it back and change it, but it did strike me as weird that the service was so slow and disorganised when there were not a lot of customers to serve.
Anyway, our drinks arrived (FYI, the fruit juice is amazing), and eventually the starters came too. But one by one, with a big gap between receiving the gyoza I ordered, and the stir fry greens that Liam ordered. Not ideal. Also not ideal was that although the gyoza was nice, some of it clearly wasn’t fully cooked.
I realise what a moany cow I sound here, but you’ll see why when I get to the part when they hand me the receipt.
So, after eating the starters the mains arrive. We both ordered the steak terriyaki – mine with rice noodles, Liam’s with soba. This dish was really pretty tasty, and thankfully the steak was cooked pretty well without being overdone. Thumbs up for this, as we both were impressed with it overall. Nothing mind-blowing, but nice enough.
Fast forward to finishing our food, and I’ve also guzzled down another glass of that delicious fruit juice. We ask for the bill, and we begin talking about how much we had spent that day. Essentially, I had spent £50 less shopping than Liam had, so I made the comment that unless the bill comes to around £50 (noting the unlikeliness of this happening), I would have spent less.
The bill came to £47.90. For lunch. Two starters, two mains, and a total of 3 drinks. At GBK, you can get three starters, two mains, two sides and drinks for around £10 less than that – and you walk out feeling much fuller! Just sayin’.
Maybe to a regular Wagamamas patron this would make sense, but to me I was pretty shocked given that the starters weren’t great and the service was on the shoddy side. Sure, we ordered the steak dishes but they weren’t particularly different in price to many of the other ones on the menu.
I don’t resent paying £50 for a really nice, satisfying lunch experience but paying that for a lunch that was pretty average and service that was half-assed left me feeling quite bitter.
Have you ever eaten at Wagamamas? Do you think the costs are worth it?