The interest in our Zizzi review has just shown what an exciting development the Brewery Square is and how the people of Dorchester are flocking to the new restaurants. Five have already opened their doors, Carluccios, Zizzi, Nando’s, Pizza Express and Wagamama. If you also throw Costa coffee into the mix, Premier Inn, along with the planned lounge/piano bar below Zizzi’s, you can see why they are so excited.
I will leave Nando’s & Pizza Express for others to sample their delights! But I have heard great things about Wagamama’s and their Japenese-inspired fresh and vibrant food.
The wagamama restaurant will offer a choice of flavourful rice dishes, seasonal salads, wagamama’s ever-popular noodles and delicious desserts. Younger diners can enjoy the mini menus, and for groups of six or more, areas can be booked to ensure diners bag their space to eat in advance.
The 96-cover restaurant will offer outdoor seating for an additional 24 diners during warmer weather, and will provide a place to stop off for lunch or dinner in the heart of brewery square. The restaurant uses reclaimed timber wall panelling and has unfinished cement columns inside to give a natural and rustic feeling to the building.
We arrived just after 19:00 and the place was already full, you can’t book tables (except for groups of 6 and over) so you have to wait in a queue, which tonight we were in the front! Within 5 minutes we were shown to a huge table for 7 and we grabbed four places, we were then joined by two ladies – this is communal eating restaurant. The waitress brought over our menus and made us feel at ease in this bustling and very noisy restaurant (from people talking!). The queue was now almost out of the door so get there early!!
Luckily we were with our good friends who had been to a Wagamama before and explained that you order what you like and it arrives when they are cooked, so the idea of starters & mains is out of the window – how exciting. We ordered some wine to settle into the huge menu, which is quite daunting for us first timers!
I needed something hot so went for the Firecracker and the others chose yasai katsu curry (sweet potato curry), cha han (stir-fried rice) and ginger chicken udon. Along with three side dishes.
Mine was first to arrive and looked fine, by the time I had snapped this photo the other meals hit the table – wow now I know why mine is called Firecracker, it’s chilli hot, but still with wonderful fresh flavours. One thing Steve said as he tucked into his meal, to avoid mistakes it would be a good idea to state on the menu just how hot each dish is!!
Everyone enjoyed their meals and you can see we ended with dessert and after my “chilli head” special I need a cooling iced lolly!!
Wagamama’s isn’t fine dining or for an intimate meal for two, but the food is fine+ with a great lively atmosphere, helpful & friendly servers and food at a great price, just the place for a quick meal before or after the theatre (well there is one planned for the Square!)
|Invited by PR company?||Yes|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||No|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||No|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||Yes|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|