I absolutely love East Asian food. In fact, I think it’s probably my favourite food group. If I had to choose anywhere to go to eat it would be somewhere that cooks fresh, tasty foods with a varied combination of flavours… And wagamama ticks all of those boxes.
Recently I was invited to wagamama in Media City Manchester to try out their new summer menu. Of course, I said yes without even looking what the new dishes were. I’ve never not liked anything from menus like waga’s.
After the confusion over Google Maps telling us the Media City wagamama’s was in the Lowry Shopping centre, we soon crossed over the road and found the right location!
The new menu features 6 main dishes and one starter. We chose to share the delicious Beef Tataki to kick off our meal. Presented on the plate was lightly seared thinly sliced steak, which was served chilled. Dressed with citrus ponzu and japanese mayonnaise and finished with a side of pickled beetroot, this packed the flavour contrast I was after! I love any dish that features a complete contrast in taste like this.
For my main I went for the Chicken Samla Curry. As soon as I spotted coconut as one of the ingredients I was sold. I absolutely love coconut based curries! However, I must admit, once you’ve had one creamy coconut curry, you’ve had them all. Saying that though, this was extremely delicious and didn’t disappoint. I think I would have just liked something a bit zingier to stand out from the norm. Perhaps a little more lemon zest would do the trick!
My friend had the new Sticky Pork Belly dish for her main and I immediately got food envy. I didn’t realise that it came with grilled aubergines which had been marinated in miso. I tried one. It was delicious. The Pork Belly itself was marinated in a citrus teriyaki glaze and was equally as delicious.
There aren’t any new desserts on the wagamama summer menu, which I thought was a little weird considering in the summer you’d much more partial to a nice chilled dessert! But that doesn’t detract from the quality and variation they’ve introduced to the mains. I’m already eyeing up the seared nuoc cham tuna….
Discover the summer menu online here.