- Telephone 0131 229 5506
- Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 12.30pm–10pm
- Food served Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website wagamama.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Positioned on a prominent corner on busy Lothian Road, Wagamama's Edinburgh outpost is well placed to catch both busy business types looking for a fast and filling lunch and the arty set seeking a quick bite before heading to a show. The welcoming, open-plan space features lots of plain wood and muted colours with long tables and bench seats. The food is ‘Japanese-inspired’ with a menu containing noodle and rice dishes, soups and Asian curries, as well as sides such as dumplings, ribs, salads and soya beans. A starter of chilli squid is crispy and satisfying, but lacks the kick that its name implies, while a big bowl of grilled fish ramen is filling, but the soup stock too lacks a bit of oomph. Teriyaki chicken donburi, along with extras of kimchee and tea-stained egg, add flavour and interest to what is essentially eastern-style food prepared with western tastes in mind. Spring 2013 saw the introduction of summery new dishes including sous-vide cooked beef spring rolls, lighter by dint of being wrapped in rice paper and steamed rather than deep fried, and an excellent miso-mayo salad shot through with three types of seaweed and sesame. In keeping with Wagamama’s unintimidating Asian offering, a Thai tom yum soup has also been introduced – a good version of this classic, easy on the chilli. A selection of freshly squeezed juices includes a new, pitch-perfect strawberry and mint juice, while wine, Asian beers and teas are available. Those who choose not to sit in can order takeaway food online or using a smart phone app.
- High point: Fast and filling 'Japanese-inspired' food in welcoming surroundings
- Low point: Eastern-style food prepared with western tastes in mind
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 130
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2011
- House wine: £14.70 per bottle