Since our maiden visit to Wagamama at Cribbs Causeway converted us we have also checked out the branch on the Triangle and were looking forward to visiting the latest Bristol venture. In the sea of chain food stores available at Cabot Circus the illuminated uncluttered White and Black logo of the newly opened store seems to manage the impossible and actually stand out.
It’s 7:00pm on a Saturday evening and the restaurant is quietly buzzing, the cliental a mix of hungry dedicated shoppers and those just about to embark on an evening out. As we were in the evening out camp and were meeting some friends we had booked ahead and reserved a table, which you can do for parties of 6 or more. As we waited to be shown to our seat we checked out the restaurant, which is perfectly formed with a mix of high benched seating, long communal and various sized tables to fit all types and group sizes of dinners.
As we waited for our fellow guests our friendly and enthusiastic waitress took our drink orders, a large Asahi to share and some tap water arrived promptly. Moments passed additional diners seated more drinks were ordered, a mix of Asahis, Tiger and a solitary glass of sauvignon blanc and food orders placed. Now personally I have fallen in love with the Chicken Katsu curry and find it difficult to order anything else, the fact that 4 out of the 6 of us also ordered this just goes to show they are onto a complete winner, a Chicken Chilli Men and a Chicken and Prawn Cha Han were also ordered.
The restaurant was pretty much full but our dishes arrived when they were ready hot and without much delay, the Katsu was well cooked all round and promptly devoured, the chilli men a hearty portion was also as it should be, with a creeping but not over powering heat, moist chicken and crunchy vegetables, the sippingly addictive miso soup, which accompanied the again really well cooked Chicken and Prawn Cha Han, tasted so healthy it gave the possibly incorrect impression it would neutralise the soon to be enjoyed beer toxins.
Along with consistent cooking and friendly service, Wagamama’s versatility is definitely another key to its success, the menu is large enough to offer a varied choice but not so large you become suspicious and all 6 of us found it the perfect way to begin a gig going night on the town, but its not a pre-party fuel stop, as we left I noticed we were surrounded by couples, families young and old and a few solitary dinners and as demographic’s go, you can’t say fairer than that!