I had tried this well-known westernised Japanese franchise a few years ago and had not been impressed by the quality, flavour and prices of Wagamama relative to other Japanese restaurants in Sydney. But walking past the Bridge Street restaurant and smelling the aroma of miso soup wafting past tempted me to go back and try their ramen during a lunch break with work colleagues.
It is not busy at all when we head in at noon and the interior is decked out in a simple manner with high ceilings, slate grey concrete pillars and some blown up graphics of food on the walls. We sit down at a long wooden table for communal style dining and most of us decide to order their Chilli Ramen, while the other decides to go for another popular choice, Chicken Teriyaki with rice.
The Chicken Teriyaki is served with a side of rice and fresh salad on a large plate. The chicken tasted decent, with lots of sweet teriyaki sauce, onions and sesame seeds and went well with the plain rice. The salad was also a good palate cleanser thanks to the vinaigrette drizzled throughout.
Chicken Teriyaki Rice, $18.90
I have to say that the taste of the Chilli Ramen was better than I expected based on my previous experiences at Wagamama. It came with a wedge of fresh lime, which was a different take on the traditional Japanese ramen and if you chose to squeeze the lime juice into the ramen, it transformed it into a more Thai tasting noodle soup, especially with the abundant amounts of bean sprouts they included in the ramen.
Chilli ramen, $19.80
The soup was nice and comforting on a chilly autumn’s day, but a bit thinner in consistency than the miso soup base I usually get at other ramen restaurants. It was not particularly chilli, even though there were chopped chillies in there. All in all, the decent serving of noodles included in the ramen left me with a very full belly by the end of the meal and feeling quite satisfied.
I would come back to Wagamama if I feel another ramen craving during my lunchbreak, but only when using my Entertainment book voucher for 25% off, otherwise it is a bit too pricey compared to other ramens.
38 Bridge Street, Wynyard NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9252 8696