We head down to Wagamama Stoke to check out the brand new restaurant that has popped up at Junction Leisure Park on Etruria road. Here’s our Wagamama Stoke review.
Perfectly placed between Hanley and Festival Park the brand new Wagamama in Stoke on Trent is a stone’s throw away from Hanely City Centre and the Stoke Pottery Museum and Art Gallery.
The new restaurant has 144 internal covers with an additional 46 outside, perfect for the summertime with the option to take away and click and collect.
What I do find annoying about Wagamama is their seating layouts with long stretching tables and chairs set up very close to each other meaning sitting next to strangers and not in privacy is always the case.
There were two tables that were private for two people (that I saw) there may have been others but the place was rammed that we couldn’t really have a walk around to scope the place out.
It was great to see the place busy for hours on end with queues out of the door at one point. It was a Monday night, usually a time when Hanley is absolutely dead and even the restaurants next door were empty but certainly not Wagamama.
With the traditional Wagamama menu on offer, it was a simple case of ordering as much of a range as I could to sample the as always fresh food that Wagamam offer.
One order of steak teriyaki, miso soup and gyoza later, washed down with a Singha beer and I was absolutely full. The food was bursting with flavour and whilst a little pricey (as always with Wagamama) you know you’re getting good quality food.
Despite the place being completely full, our order was taken within 10 minutes and our food arrived within 15. Wagamama brings out the food as soon as they are cooked so some dishes may arrive at different times than others.
The decor of the Stoke Wagamam is very nicely done but I never understand why many places that open nowadays don’t pay much attention to the ceilings. They’ll add random metal accents and dangling lights to cover up the cables that run around the building and it just looks a little rushed but as long as you don’t look up, it’s a very nice space.
Having the kitchen open and visible from the seating area is always fun to watch if you have a seat close enough and having a Wagamama in Stoke is such a great feeling, Wagamama always feels like a more upmarket restaurant compared to other chains and its great to have one on my doorstep.
Speaking about the opening, Wagamama regional marketing manager Alice Eagle said:
“We are so excited to be opening our brand new restaurant in Stoke. with all of our restaurants surrounding Stoke-on-Trent experiencing such high demand, we knew we needed to expand further into Staffordshire and welcome the people of Stoke to dine with us. Our new teams have been training really hard to bring our iconic wagamama experience to Stoke and they can’t wait to begin welcoming guests into their brand new restaurant.”
Wagamama: our story and our food ‘kaizen’, meaning ‘good change’ is the philosophy that sits right at our heart. It shapes every dish we create, and pushes us to find better ways in all that we do. We’re restless spirits, forever creating and making things better.
We’ve been practising kaizen since 1992, when we opened our first doors in London’s Bloomsbury. Inspired by fast-paced, Japanese ramen bars and a celebration of Asian food, wagamama burst into life. We set out to create a unique way of eating; bringing the fresh, nourishing, flavours of Asia to all.
A warming bowl of bold ramen, teppan dishes griddled to perfection or if you would rather rice, you’re in luck – our menu features many Japanese favourites. Fresh, authentic menus that are updated seasonally. wagamama is a staple of modern Asian cuisine
In the name of kaizen, our standards are high. Our ingredients are cooked fresh, served fresh. Every bowl and plate that we fill with them is served as soon as it’s ready. The colours and aromas, flavours and spices are always at their best when they touch your table.
Check out our Wagamama Stoke review vlog that we shot below. Unfortunately with it being so busy and being sat next to complete strangers we couldn’t give you the full tour or a more in-depth video for this particular establishment.