Food // Wagamama, New Mersey Retail Park
Wagamama’s is one of those restaurants that you visit time and time again, yet every time you re-remember why you enjoy it so much. Our recent move to the Speke area and South Liverpool has massively been improved, thanks to the New Mersey retail park, literally just down the road. So, when an email dropped from Waga’s invited us along to the new restaurant launch, it was a resounding Hell Yeah!
Making an average Tuesday night greatly better, Darren and I went along with zero expectations, except that of us hoping to try a couple of new dishes. The lovely in-house team were super welcoming and went above & beyond to ensure we got a real Waga’s experience and left with full bellies!
First up, I love the decor. With a cool, industrial vibe and varied seating options – booths, tables outside and longer benches towards the back of the restaurant, Waga’s caters for all group sizes. We also love a restaurant with an open kitchen – watching food being cooked and taken to each table is a fave of ours. Especially when guessing which plates are ours!
Once settled, our drinks orders were taken – a classic G&T for me and a pint for Darren. Next up, time to choose our food! Rather than have a set starter and main menu, the smaller plates are viewed as sides to the main courses. As every dish is cooked fresh to order, you can modify your order as much or as little as you like and it arrives when it’s done. You may be eating a different time to your partner, but lemme tell you, it’s super fresh and exactly as you ordered!
We got stuck in ordering a variety of side dishes to try – duck pancakes with a cherry hoisin sauce didn’t last long. The sticky cherry sauce was amaaazing and complimented the duck perfectly!
We also went for the battered prawns and a new entry to the menu – tama squid. Deep fried squid balls with a creamy cheesy feeling and topped with salmon flakes. So light, yet full of flavour. I was torn between the squid and the duck, but I think the former was my winner.
Next up, we were asked to select our mains. As I mentioned, the menu is completely customisable, so Darren knew he wanted a spicy curry but with noodles instead of rice. The chefs made the swap and he was super happy with his chosen dish – firecracker prawns served with red peppers and a healthy dose of chillies!
I was torn between trying a dish from either the vegan or veggie menu – in the end, I opted for the veggie pad thai. Filling, loads of flavour and quite a light dish, it was just what I was in the mood for. Next time, I may even try the vegan option to see how it differs from the veggie option.
Cos it’ Waga’s one of us had to opt for Katsu-something…. the introduction of banana katsu was a perfect choice. Darren is a toffee fiend so this was him all day – toffee sauce, katsu breadcrumbs and ice cream. Moreish and it leaves you wanting another bite.
As soon as I spotted cheesecake, it was a done deal. Coconut and fig was a combo I hadn’t had in a dessert before, it almost tasted like it wasn’t as naughty as I’m sure it is… Light, fluffy and a strong taste of both flavours, I really enjoyed it and it was a great palette cleanser after trying a variety of different dishes.
Thanks so much to the lovely team at Waga’s for being so insightful with your knowledge of the menu and for the invite! We had a lovely time and with it being on our doorstep, I’m sure we’ll be back. A lot.