It was on of the first places I went to eat in Dublin, and honestly it didn't disappoint!
The food was tasty, and place was quite big. It's underground and you would think it's small but it's big. You get a unique experience of sharing tables with other parties that are there. And also get a glimpse inside the kitchen as you wait for your food and eat. The place is very clean and the food absolutely delicious. The plates come with a good amount of food as well.
Intend to definitely come back here more often.
So i visited Wagamama for the first time in ages as in general i've just found it to be quite an average place by comparison to some of the other Asian places we have in Dublin.
Finally they served me a dish that changed my opinion on that! Cant remember the name on the dish but it was a beautiful pulled pork, brown rice, pumpkin, some pumpkin seeds & a few other veggies. Very tasty & the textures were very interesting! Still not earth shattering, but a definite improvement on average!
We visited at lunch hour which is obviously a very busy time for the restaurant, meaning they had a que for tables that went up the stairs & to the front door of the place. So rather than hanging around to chat we said we'd head on relatively quickly (this was 1:15 we decided we were ready to leave). We sat with our coats on until 1:23pm waiting for the bill, so i decided to pay at the till. At this point i figured that you must have to pay at the til since the wait staff were so busy. Went to the till where the guy clucked & hummed about me supposed to pay at the table & when i explained i couldnt wait anymore he decided to let me pay.
I explained we wanted to split the bill (3 main courses & 3 drinks between 3 of us). He asked me how we would like to split it... Err in three??
He then explained that we could only split the bill if we were all paying by card which i still dont fully understand.
Anyway, would probably have been 3 or more stars had the service been better but i can safely say i'll stick to the other asian restaurants around Dublin before this one!
There is always a queue every time I go to Wagamama so they must be doing something right!
Perhaps the worst thing about the place is the uncomfortable benches and tables where everyone sits together for their meal communal style. It reminds me of a canteen but a quick look at the prices on the menu dispels this thought!
The menu is not huge but it covers are the usual rice, soup and noodle suspects. We had to shout our order to the waiter as the noise in the restaurant is incredible, not only do you have the noise from other peoples conversation but because the kitchen is part of the restaurant you have that noise too, and everyone is shouting to be heard! This is not the place to pick for a romantic meal!
We had two chicken dishes, one prawn dish and a noodle soup, I can't attempt to remember the proper names! Each one was fabulous, great flavours, really fresh and good sized portions, though I did notice that there were only 4 prawns in my prawn dish, it was still yummy though.
The staff were very quick and efficient, our group was rushing to get somewhere and this place was a perfect place to stop!
Don't forget your toilet code when you head to the bathroom, the waitress will write it on your place mat!
We went there with friends to have some Japanese specialities. The sushi was really nice and a huge portion (rainbow). I also had the Bento Box which was a medium nice experience. The duck salad was very refreshing but the duck was not tasty. The warm mackerel was very nice and fresh. The whole grain rice was disappointing for a Asian restaurant. The fried duck was way too fat. Anyway the service was friendly and quick.
Not amazing for the money, stylish place and lovely staff though!
It was kind of a dine and dash experience, if I'm brutally honest my meal was quite plain and not of amazing quality, nor did my friend's look much better, which would have perfectly suited the speed and time had we not been charged what I would expect to cover a much nicer restaurant meal.
As I understand it, this place is great on certain evenings for students as it offers deals and bargains etc, not somewhere I would be overly hasty to visit again however.
You've gotta take Wagamama at face value. It's a fusion restaurant, so you're not going to get authentic Japanese dishes. That said though, I do find their food rather bland. I had udon noodles with chicken, prawns, and ginger. It was good, but I can get the same across the river for a few euro less and with a lot more flavour. They have a lunch offer which renders the meal affordable, but the regular prices of around €13 per main are a bit OTT.
I guess the best thing about Wagamama is that it's a chain, and the quality is reliable (if a little less than desirable). The waiters are very friendly and don't try to upsell you, and generally they leave you alone. I'd go back for their lunch deal if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way for it. And definitely wouldn't pay full whack -- just not worth it.
Part of me just wants to give it 2 stars but that's because I am comparing the ramen to ramen I have tried abroad that is far superior. But the flip side is if you don't do that how do the standards ever improve? For now I will stay at 3 until I try more from the menu.
I got the chilli chicken ramen. Overall it was so very bland. Not spicy at all. The chicken although moist was as exciting as Sunday mass. The ramen was again like listening to a lecture in industrial chemistry (I'm useless at chemistry). All that said it wasn't awful, it was not overly filling and I was hungry so it filled me just right... It was food broken down to it's very basic function to give you energy not pleasure.
Staff were friendly, fast and attentive.
I can't believe I've not reviewed Wagamama's on yelp yet, I've been going here for years and I'm an old Wagamama stalwart.
And like a true Wagamama stalwart I usually order the Chicken Katsu curry. It's my old reliable and I love it still. This is what I had tonight: deep fried breaded chicken (so bold), with Japanese style rice and a salad with red pickle. Yummy.
The other dishes are good too. Last four times I've been there I tried something different, I made myself order something different... and all were good experiences.
I like the benches and the decor. I think being able to see the whole the kitchen busily working away is a great thing and adds to the Wagamama experience.
The staff are mostly nice and friendly, they don't seem to be as "too cool for school" of late. I think the birth of Dublin hipsters occurred here back in the early naughties. But I think they've moved on to pop-up chicken joints and trendy burger bars now ;)
Though quite pricey for what it is, Wagamama was my go-to Dublin joint to bring the heat. Their chili chicken ramen always satisfied, so I stuck with it. My boyfriend explored most all of the menu and tended to favor their dry noodle dishes. They also have great freshly squeezed juices.
Service is very quick, making Wagamama a great stop before heading to a show or what have you. Tables are communal, and the restaurant is not surprisingly rather loud. Still, I love that chili chicken ramen, and I am pretty sure that is about the only spicy food I found in Dublin.
Your basic clean and friendly ramen noodle and soup bar in Dublin. Wagamama is a big chain, so don't expect anything special. The food is reliable and reasonably priced. I ordered the chili chicken ramen (see photo) and it was tasty. My friend enjoyed his chicken curry katsu.
All tables are communal, which can be a plus or minus depending on your mood.
Handy location underneath the St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.
Oh yeah, and there is free wifi:)
As a long-standing customer, I had my first experience of their lunch 'special' on 22July and was extremely disappointed. The firecracker squid was that frozen rubbish that looks like fusilli pasta, and the chillis in the dish, while hot as advertised, were dried and inedible. I had the vegetable gyoza to accompany (for an extra €3) and some green tea as the free drink.
In the foodie wastelands of Dublin, Wagamama is a valiant effort in bringing Japanese cuisine to the masses. I have grown up with Japanese food in CA, and have lived in Osaka for 1.5 years, so I think I have some knowledge of what proper Japanese food is. The interior is slick, modern and angular. Upon descending the stairs, you are greeted with counters that serve as visors into the cooking staff. From here, you can, if you so wish, glimpse at how the chefs prepare your food. The bathrooms are clean.
The queue moves fast here. The wait staff are peppy, though it took a while to flag them down for a water re-fill. If you need something quick and decent I think Wagamama fits the bill.
So let me elaborate on what I mean by decent. The ramen is mediocre. The two most important components are not the toppings--which are indeed laid upon generously and sloppily--but the soup broth and the noodles. The broth was weak, and its MSG laden flavoring reminded me of instant noodles. The noodles broke when I bit into them (there was no resistance). I have also tried their fried rice which I also found to be better but somewhat dry.
I also find the the prices are way too high. The over €12 price for most main dishes is not in concert with the quality/quantity of the food served.
In conclusion, Wagamama is an uninspired restaurant that serves something "like" Japanese food. I know that I shouldn't expect the same quality as Japan, and perhaps Wagamama is trying to serve its own spin on Japanese cuisine. Nonetheless, I was disappointed. Other restaurants such as Yamamori serve something closer to what I think of Japanese food, and at a better price and quality point.
I love Wagamama even if this location is reminiscent of an underground basement with no windows. It's the same delicious Wagamama food that you are accustomed to elsewhere. Complete with my favorite, incredibly flavorful udon noodles. FYI some Dublin hotels have coupons.
*ditto everything George S. said
Very filling portions, and there's a good combo meal option, and their chicken wings are Delicious. The waitress was a little pre-occupied, but she did all her basic job duties just fine as far as taking the order, bringing us our food+beverages quickly, and then our check.
The last (and only) time i went to wagamama was probably about ten years ago with my family, in London's Strand restaurant quarter. I don't remember what i ate, but i remember i really enjoyed it. Interesting, then, that i waited so long to go back to this Japanese chain restaurant, which has locations all over the world.
This time, i was with some friends. We were grabbing a bite to eat before going to watch a friend of ours perform on stage in a local singing competition. The restaurant was bustling but we got a seat soon enough. I was absolutely famished and so ordered to gyozi duck dumplings, a bowl of cha han and a bottle of tiger beer. The dumplings were served with plum sauce and were the perfect accompaniment to the rice dish.
The cha han was a huge portion of brown rice, shredded chicken, prawns, sweetcorn, mushrooms, mange tout and spring onions. It seemed like the bowl was bottomless, and it was so good that i could barely get it into my face fast enough. I always like to use chopsticks in asian restaurants, but there was a moment where i seriously considered using the spoon they had provided, to facilitate the frenzy of shovelling that was going on. In the end i decided that i had a better chance of retaining my dignity - and not alienating my friends and everyone else in the restaurant - if i stuck with the chopsticks.
As delicious as the cha han was, i simply could not finish the bowl. Luckily, i was with a group of lads who gladly took up my offer to share the leftovers. As they finished up, i enjoyed the remainder of my beer and cursed myself for not treating myself to Japanese food more often. Luckily, two of my friends gave me the gift of sushi for my birthday last month - they'll be treating me to a meal at yamamori at a time of my choosing. But that's a whole other blogpost. My meal at wagamama came to just about €25, which i think is not bad considering i ate enough to feed a small family. Domo arigato, wagamama.
So maybe it's not as authentic as Yamamori, but the gyozas are better here. They serve Asahi too. This is a suitable place for a fussy eater to try Japanese food for the first time.
I see a lot of kvetching about the prices - try going for the lunch special, which includes a full-size portion of a main (small but decent selection) and one drink for €9.95, and sides are priced at €3. It's good Monday to Friday until 5, and the complimentary drinks include peach iced tea or even a glass of Tiger. Not bad, eh?
The atmosphere's somehow both more and less formal than I anticipated: I came in my gungy gym clothes after a workout and felt somehow underdressed, but was still surprised to see the waitstaff scrawling numbers on the paper placemats. Seating is at long communal tables but servers come to you to take your order. Mixed messages, but not bad.
My chicken gyoza were perfectly fine and I liked the flavour of the dipping sauce they came with. The veggie and tofu soup was large and filling; it needed the soy sauce and chilli oil which were provided at the table. Veg were nice though the tofu was too chewy for me.
I know this isn't authentic Asian by any stretch, but heck - when you just want a noodle soup, Wagamama will do.
I love this place. On descending down the stairs you always feel you've entered some holiday destination, or some hidden alcove part of Dublin.
It's in a basement, there are no windows that look outside, the decor is modern, minimalist, the lighting is dim, the kitchen is open, there are long wooden benches where everyone is seated together, full of families and young people, the place just has a really cool atmosphere.
The food is tasty too but still pricey as it was in Celtic Tiger times. I always get the chicken chilli men "stir-fried marinated chicken, courgettes, red onions, green and red peppers, mangetout and spring onions in a chilli sauce made from chillies, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, lemongrass and sweet red peppers. served with soba noodles".
It's delicious, and spicy and fresh but also costs €14.25 a plate.
€15 for a plate of noodles and chicken is definitely on the expensive side these days, so it's more of a treat. It's a cute place for a casual first or second date. Very relaxed, service is brisk, and the food and the vibe are top notch.
I paid the equivalent of around $25.00 for a bowl of spicy chicken ramen. FYI, that usually goes for 10cents at the supermarket, if you buy ten to a pack. The servers were nice but the food was definitely not worth the price.
I was high on the ramen and it didn't really hit me that my friend and I had paid $50 for two bowls of ramen. For that amount, we could have purchased 20 pints of beer, or 5 dvds, or a concert ticket, maybe two, or sponsored 50 children in some third world country. getting the idea? not me, i'll probably be back, but definitely not in Dublin, where prices are ridiculous.
TERRIBLE!! This is NOT Japanese foods.
Rice was worst. Maybe they don't know how to cook rices.
Curry tastes coconut.. why? coconut curry is Thai food!
"Chocolate Wasabi Cake" ?! hahaha Wasabi is used only raw fish, raw meat, or Soba.
I'd have to agree with Ruth on the pricing, it's a little expensive for what you get. Having said that I'm in the place quite a bit. The chicken katsu curry is my current favourite, followed in close second by cha han, a rice bowl with chicken, prawns and mushrooms. It's also available in Vegetarian option for the non carnivores. Chicken ramen gets the thumbs up for two of my friends as well.
It's not a sit down for hours type of place and you'll probably end up hearing your fellow diners conversation, but the communal dining thing makes a change and it's great for a quick bit on the go or on the way somewhere else
Came here around six thirty this evening - the food was lovely however the service was lacking.
The young man who served us really made us feel rushed, interrupted our conversation and whipped the plates from under us virtually as we swallowed the last bite.
We got the impression that the staff are given instructions to get people to eat it and beat it - that would be fine if it was a cheapo fast food type place but it's not cheapo fast food prices so we expected to be treated with a bit more manners.
I don't think we'll bother going back, plenty of restaurants closeby for in or around the same price where customers are not made to feel like they are under pressure to get out.
I absolutely love this place. Its a really chilled atmosphere with friendly staff and from what I can gather a loyal cliental.
From large groups...couples...kids...and single diners the place ticks every box.
But besides all that it is a restaurant after all and that means only one thing...the food. I have been so many times now that I like to try different courses but after each I am always satisfied.
I wouldnt be the biggest food critic but I know what is good and what isnt. They also do a good lunch time special up until 5pm with any main with a bottle of beer for only €10. Highly recommended!
After all that festive fayre, I must be on an Asian cuisine buzz! Tonight's hotspot was chosen because my friend and I both wanted "healthy, with lots of vegetables and no turkey or stuffing in sight". Oh, and warm!
The basement setting was particularly inviting amidst the windy, rainy streets of Dublin. As was the promise of steaming bowls of ramen soup! We wolfed down chilli beef ramen and a bowl of extra chillis (no extra charge). We shared perfectly al dente stir fried greens and light, crispy tempura prawns with a delightfully zingy sauce that tingled the tongue like spicy popping candy.
Seeing as we were drinking Chinese tea and tap water (this was offered - nice touch!), the whole bill came to less than €50. There were even cheaper options with one main, a side dish and a beer or wine for under €16 per person, so a great choice for the budget conscious. As an extra surprise, we each received a voucher for a free fresh juice or Kombucha next time we buy a main course during January. Kampai!
The only thing I would have changed was the amount of kids running around and the lack of hanging space. Still, you know what you're getting and the food is always quality. I'd recommend choosing a little later than 7pm though, if you don't want to feel like youre surrounded by oompa loompas.
I loved the food until the food came and I found only 3 prawns in my noodles to which they told me is normal!!! Wow and they are charging me €14 for this.
The Seating is a bit weird with this sharing bench thing going on but staff are pleasant and food is nice when u choose the right dish.
I also like the fact that they assume we Irish can actually use chopsticks Because usually when I go to a Chinese restaurant (I know this is Japanese) I get handed a knife and fork and the 'Irish' menu and have to ask for the real menu where the food is much better.
Back when smoking was still prevalent in all establishments, Wager's has always been my go to place to eat without inhaling second hand smoke. It was hip back then and still is.
Simple decor, service is fast, even with a queue out the door, you will always get a seat.
If I can't think of anywhere to go in the evening, Wager's is always top on my list. Food is consistent. Great for groups, young children, or dinner for two.
I absolutely love Wagamama! The food is good, especially the White Chocolate- Ginger cake for dessert, and reasonably priced for Dublin. Like Ruth, I love the Chili Chicken Ramen and even though I've tried a few of the other mains as well I keep coming back to it. The fresh juices are fab as well.
One downside though is that you can't pre-book tables and it tends to get pretty loud at times so not ideal for a date, but if you just want to have dinner with a few friends its perfect. The staff are generally friendly and so far no one has kicked me out for making a mess by trying to eat with chopsticks.
I had dinner twice there within the period of 2 weeks while visiting Dublin. The first time I really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the ambiance was informal, and the service was good. That's why I went to it the second time, and boy, did I wish otherwise.
The service was still good, but the noodles that I ordered were half cooked, the soup was lukewarm, the squids were rubbery, and the seaweeds were so hard that could not be cut with a knife. Then, worst of all, I had stomach problems all night and the second day, when I on the flight back to US.
So, never again.
Wagamama is an okay restaurant but not one of my favourite places to get Asian food. I still think that Yamamori Noodles on Georges Street beats Wagamama, hands down.
Wagamama's menu is pretty basic, most of it consists of noodle soups that come in really big bowls with wooden spoons. The meals are a bit pricey for what you get: a bowl of broth and a slice of chicken.
The selection of fresh juices here is excellent. I ordered a carrot juice and I finished it in two gulps. From where I was seated, I saw the cook make it so I knew it was freshly prepared, none of that pre-made pitcher nonsense.
What bothers me about Wagamama is the service. It feels really abrupt and cafeteria style. As the waitress takes your order, she scribbles a number on your paper place mat. About 3 different people deal with you. One person takes your order, another drops down your food and another gives you your bill. It seems disorganised and you don't feel valued as a customer.
I'll probably come back to this restaurant but only in another 3 or 4 years.
Better than Yamamori, but still not great. After eating at both I decided Dublin just don't have good asian food, which I guess shouldn't surprise me that much.
Wagamama is in the basement of some building, so it gets basically no natural light. You also have to squeeze onto benches at long tables, which I'm not a huge fan of. My meal was okay. I ordered chicken curry katsu. It was serviceable, but not nearly as good as katsu meals I'd had in Japan or the US.
My coworker likes their ramen, so maybe you'll have better luck with that.
Yum yum, this is a must-see if you're ever abroad (and don't live near Boston in the US). Went twice on a recent trip to Dublin, I just love the food. Even my picky-eater BF was impressed with the chicken wing appetizer, so don't shy away if you're not a typical curry-eater. There are other things you will enjoy, I promise.
I also enjoy the seating. Irish are super nice, so it's fun to be seated at a long table, potentially next to some new friends. It's a warm and cozy restaurant, so on a cold day, the noodle soup really hits the spot. I also enjoyed the recent lunch special, we got an appetizer and drink as part of the meal, it was fun to have more than just one dish.
And if you're like me, searching for something a bit ligher and healthy, compared to all the meat-and-potatoes-fried-food-and-beer combo in this part of the world, Wagamama is the place for you.
So of all the Japanese restaurants in Dublin, Wagamama is definitely the most Westernized in terms of both food and concept. It has the look of a student cafeteria and as such attracts ALOT of students, but that's not a bad thing. Plenty of young good looking people to catch your eye :P
The food is churned out at a rate of knots; dishes arrive the second they're prepared werther you're ready for them or not. This is definitely not a place where you linger, but it is a place where you can stuff yourself and get out again in 30 minutes, another reason why it is so popular with students.
The chicken katsu curry is a huge favourite; basically southern fried chicken on a bed of sticky rice with curry sauce poured ontop. The least authentic thing on the menu no doubt, but very satisfying. The Teriyaki Soba is also delicious and can be cooked with chicken or beef for a slight price increase. The menu is actually quite diverse using a wide array of spices, meats and flavourings, but with nothing too alien.
The main problem I have is with the strict "NO SUBSTITUTION" policy on most dishes, which doesn't allow you to choose which meat you add to your wok. You can remove things, but you can't substitute shrimp with chicken for example. For me this is annoying, because there are many tasty prospects on the menu that are cooked with seafood, which I don't eat. Of course, since I can't substitute the shrimp with anything else, the menu becomes very restricted. I can understand that there is a very meticulous system in place which ensures the fluency of cooking and the speed of service and that swapping meats might throw a spanner in the works when there are queues running out the door, but when it's not busy I don't see why they can't make the effort.
That personal gripe aside, Wagamama is great for what it is; fast, hearty, Asian fusion food prepared at a very consistent standard.
Big queue out the door I'm thinking, "dis place gotta be dench" but no, not tat tall, it's just a large helping of Meh with a side order of Bland. And the price to quality ratio makes it not at all worthwhile. A small example: the gyoza are (intentionally it seems) bone freakin dry, all crispy and stuff. Is this a joke? Dehydrated gyoza? Gobi desert Gyoza?
I've been to Wagamama in London before and, as you'd expect in a chain, the food in Dublin was just as good as in London. I really love the noodles for the amai and yaki udon. This place isn't the most beautiful of restaurants, with white walls and in a basement with no windows but it's a fun place where you can see into the kitchen and everyone shares benches. The staff was a little slow, but it was a good experience. If you have a discount card from a university (not a student card) then on weeknights you can get two meals for the price of one too, so that's a HUGE plus!
My most frequented restaurant in Dublin. You'll want to eat here if you never have already. The food is delicious and warm! No sushi here! Try the Chicken Katsu curry with a nice glass of White wine or try a Japanese beer. Yum! Meals don't come at the same time but be patient it's worth it. The staff are very friendly. If it's a quite romantic place you're looking for then perhaps keep moving as this place is busy and fast paced. You will share your table with others. Who knows you might make new friends!! I love it and I'll be there Friday night!
EAT HERE! You would never expect to find excellent Asian cuisine in Ireland but this place is fantastic (I thought). Being extremely bias about food since I am from Chicago, I did not expect much from the places I ate on my trip around the UK and Ireland but this place stood out to me the most. Friendly and community atmosphere inside. Staff was very helpful and offered plenty of their suggestions and personal favorites. The food came out hot and fresh straight from the kitchen and all that was left to do is enjoy. The pricing was more than fair for the food quality. If you are looking for Asian food in Dublin, look no further!
You cannot go wrong here for a quick healthy meal. Amazing tofu !! And try their homemade lemonade. Cheap and cheerful
I've come here since I was itsy bitsy and I can safely say they provide a consistent and good standard of food and service. That being said, I switch between ordering two main courses while I'm there. I love the chicken ramen and the yaki soba. For starters, I thoroughly recommend the negima yakitori (delicious goodness) or the dumplings. My sister is a fan of the tiger prawns and I really like their fruit juices (expensive as they are). I think the wasabi cake is an acquired taste, one which I will hopefully master at some point. I'll eat here many, many more times.
Great place, great food. Chicken is great, sauces can be improved. Only thing I didn't really like was staff writing over my table mat - that's my damn space I pay for, keep it mine!
I love Wagamama. The Kare Loman is really tasty and the food is so qiuck. Its a great alternative to traditional fast food when you are in a rush.