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WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

Wagamama St Andrews Square Edinburgh

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH
Wagamama St Andrews Square Edinburgh has landed. Another Wagamama????? Does that hit you like the news that yet another Pizza Express is opening in your home town even though there’s 11 already? Or that Starbucks thinks that 20 stores is seriously not enough in Edinburgh so they’re now trying to squeeze in 4 more? Well, it probably does, although this particular Wagamama has landed in the most perfect position possible. It’s nestled between the awesome Dishoom (we do go on about it I know) and the *yet to be ventured into as* Refinery….
Yes it’s a chain but there has been some serious thought put into the layout, decor, interiors, (call it what you will), of this particular Wagas as it’s pretty funky and is definitely more interesting than it’s sister outposts on Lothian Road and Ocean Terminal. Both of these have looked rather tired of late so this restaurant makes them look like they really know what they are doing rather than following the same old format. All good so far!

INTERIORS REALLY DO COUNT!
Metals, wood, iron grid staircase (eek don’t look down if you’re scared of heights), cosy booths for 4 or 6, the longest communal tables in town which seats at least 20 , bathroom doors with funky rubber closers so you can’t possibly trap your fingers in them if you’re 4 years old….. Tick tick. And we love the view of the kitchen, it’s awesome, please go check it out.

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

THE FOOD
So, what of the food? Well, expect mostly the same although some dishes have been ‘refreshed’ ie they’ve added a few extra ingredients or taken some away. PLUS, there are some new summer dishes which tick all the nutrition boxes for me.

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGHThe tuna dish – ‘seared nuoc cham tuna steak’ is an update on their previous tuna dish and is served on a bed of quinoa with stir-fried kale, sweet potato, edamame beans, red onion and peppers. and garnished with coriander. It’s tasty, but could definitely do with some sauce to help it along a bit as it was a bit dry. However, a bottle of the new Wagamama collaboration craft beer went really nicely with it and sorted the sauce issue out.

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

COLLABORATION WITH MEANTIME BREWING COMPANY

Wagamama has collaborated with Meantime Brewing Company to produce two new craft pale ales that are now exclusively available at wagamama restaurants.
The Asian-inspired ales, Kikku and Kansho, were created by executive chef, Steve Mangleshot with Ciaran Giblin, Meantime’s head brewer. Kikku, meaning ‘kick’ in Japanese, is a shichimi infused pale ale. Kansho, meaning ‘zesty’, has been brewed using fresh lime and ginger.

The new starter of Beef Tataki hits the body builder macro boxes well and truly. The lightly seared marinated steak (it literally just hits the pan, in fact, it pretty much just waves at the pan and then jumps straight back out), is thinly sliced and served chilled. Dressed with citrus ponzu and japanese mayonnaise and served with a side of pickled beetroot and coriander I loved it.

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

There’s also a pad thai salad to try plus a pork belly dish, a grilled bream donburi and two new chicken curries. You can check out all of the new Summer dishes HERE.

For kids Wagamamas is great. Their own menu which has some good choices on it, the colouring in, their cool chopsticks, the attention from the staff… Having said that Mini prefers to go directly to the ‘grown up’ menu and order his predictable favourites of Chilli Squid and whatever Gyoza he can get his hands on. Some boy.

WAGAMAMA ST ANDREWS SQUARE EDINBURGH

ANYTHING ELSE?
If you can fit dessert in you’re a better man (woman) than I am. Although on this occasion I did manage to squeeze a sorbet in which was really delicious. The men in the Monkfish family opted for salted caramel ice cream which again was very good. Must mention the juices too. The carrot and ginger is always a winner as are the green juices too. Oh, and the never ending FREE green tea.

VERDICT
We’ll be back. Of course we will. We love eating out and are so lucky to live in Edinburgh when it comes to choice. Sometimes you want to eat something you’re familiar with, that’s fast, easy, relaxed and in the centre of town. Wagamama St Andrews Square Edinburgh will do well just because of that exact thing, location location location. Kirstie and Phil must be raving about it.

wagmama st andrew square

unit 5
st andrew square
edinburgh
EH2 2BD
phone : 0131 285 4787

DISHOOM EDINBURGH

DISHOOM EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE…

DISHOOM EDINBURGHThe first Dishoom opened in Covent Garden in 2010 and a further three restaurants in London followed. Now open in Edinburgh, their first outing outside of the capital is proving a huge hit. Expect all day hospitality in a 1920’s era, with food inspired by the Irani cafes of 20th Century Bombay.

In a nutshell

Dishoom was founded by Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and Amar and Adarsh Radia: the first Dishoom opened in Covent Garden in 2010 and a further three restaurants in London followed. And now, Dishoom Edinburgh has opened, their first outing outside of the capital is proving a huge hit. Serving up food inspired by the Irani cafes of 20th Century Bombay expect all day hospitality in a 1920’s era ‘Grade A listed’ three storey building formerly used as a warehouse for Forsyth’s department store.

Read our full review of Dishoom Edinburgh over on Olive Magazine HERE.

And if you’ve not visited Dishoom Edinburgh yet…(? where have you been hiding?!) then you can find it on St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh.

Full menu and more scrummy pictures over on the Dishoom website HERE.

Dishoom Edinburgh
3a St Andrew Square
Edinburgh EH2 2BD

BOOK A TABLE HERE!!!

DISHOOM EDINBURGH

DISHOOM EDINBURGH

GOOD BROTHERS EDINBURGH

Good Brothers Edinburgh, our review for Olive magazine…

Good Brothers Edinburgh,  founded by Graeme and Rory Sutherland, is bringing the natural wine movement to Stockbridge, Edinburgh alongside some outstanding Scottish cuisine. Yes, it’s all about the wine (there’s over 100 of them on the ever-rotating list) but that doesn’t overshadow the fantastic food.

GoodBrothers edinburgh


Who’s cooking

Head chef Maciej Szczepanski has created a menu of classic Scottish cuisine with a twist to accompany the wine selection that includes organic, biodynamic or natural. Chef Maciej has spent the last ten years working his way up the chef’s ladder in the US, Europe and the Far East. His philosophy on fresh produce, seasonality and sustainability is shared with Graeme and Rory….

Read the full review over on Olive magazine HERE….

Good Brothers Edinburgh

Wild mushrooms, truffled confit egg

THE DINING ROOM 28 QUEEN STREET

THE DINING ROOM 28 QUEEN STREET


SMWS Queen Street exterior
Date night….it doesn’t happen very often so when it does you’ve got to make the most of it… Both partial to a tasting menu (with accompanying drinks natch) we checked out The Dining Room 28 Queen Street which is part of the Edinburgh Scotch Malt Whisky Society whose home is a stunning Georgian townhouse. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a ‘members only’ affair as the Society has happily flung open its doors far and wide so that anyone can rock up and enjoy what’s on offer. Even us! Since the recent refurb they’ve tucked the members bar on the top floor of the Society but there’s a lovely new bar downstairs and a dining room on the first floor that we were welcomed to discover. Continue reading

YO SUSHI TO GO!

YO SUSHI TO GO!

yo sushi to goWe quite like Japanese food at the Towers so imagine when Yo Sushi knocked on the door one day and offered up a HUGE takeaway so that we could sample their new #tokyotogo takeaway menu! Back of the net. Happy days.

With very little hesitation required we perused the menu ‘online’ and placed our order. Although unable to deliver (hrmph) we jumped in the Monkfish Motor and headed up to Harvey Nichols Yo Sushi to pick up the goodies. Continue reading