On a very rainy Thursday in February four of us ventured to the newly opened Wagamama in Chichester. At 7.30 (in Chichester) I didn’t expect to have to wait that long, however a queue of 10 ahead of us and lots of bench spaces left me to wonder…could you now book at Wagamama? It turns out groups or those of 6 or more can but if there’s less you just have to wait and see. 38 minutes later and we we’re sat near the kitchen on a bench with fellow noodle lovers.
At this point we were starving and I kept trying to catch the eye of our waiter to order and he did acknowledge us and say the usual ‘I’ll be right with you’. We we’re ready to roll and knew exactly what we wanted. The drinks took a while to come and the green tea (which I love) came during the meal, not before, which I would have preferred.
My partner has recently begun a gluten free diet and opted for the chilli squid and chicken itame. The squid was quite greasy and the dipping sauce lacked any coriander and chilli, he said the overall flavour was good, but I’ve had it before and better!
The itame went down well and the gorgeous Japanese wooden ladel helped consume the spicy coconut soup.
The rest of us had free reign and went for some of our favourites and some different options to usual. On the sides, two of us went for the chicken gyoza and another had the duck gyoza with hoi sin sauce. I usually opt for the duck and sadly had the chicken which lacked as much flavour and weren’t particularly hot but I heard the duck ones we’re delicious (not that I got a look in). You usually get five but I’d already eaten two!
As for the mains we all opted for something different and went with an array of flavour with…
As you know I don’t often have dessert (lies, it’s all lies!) however as we were experiencing the full menu we thought we had better oblige and I’m pleased we did. Myself and the other N went for the kids vanilla ice cream, one with chocolate sauce and one with passion fruit. They were both delicious and were just enough to to finish off our feast.
The boys (wisely) went for the taster dessert and the coconut reika. The taster that came out top was the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake which warranted an ‘Oh my god that’s good!’ and the passionfruit was refreshing, although looked a little sad on the plate. Chocolate is always a winner and went down swiftly.
The gluten free of the group went for the coconut reika which was deliciously creamy and filling, I soon swept in to ‘help’ him polish it off.
Finish off your meal with a flowering jasmine tea, (a) they’re beautiful and (b) they’re cleansing and delicious.
Overall I like the space, the staff (Ashley the manager and our waiter Bence were great) even though it was slow for a table and drinks. But they give you a choice and were honest at the door so its up to you if you think its worth the wait. There were quite a few large tables in though which I wasn’t aware you could book.
For those with any allergies they have a binder that they bring out and you can check for ingredients you’re able to have. It can take a little longer to order so be aware that they serve rice noodles and gluten free soy sauce if your looking for a (GF) option.
Will be back again as am a lover of Wagamama and looking forward to my usual chilli chicken ramen next time with my duck gyoza.
26 South Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1EL
phone: 01243 533 955