A Family Meal at Wagamama, Cardiff*

I went along to Wagamama in Cardiff with my sister almost a year ago and we really enjoyed it. Recently we were invited back to review it as a family*, we knew it would be a challenge as Aria was teething and refusing to eat and drink, but we went along in the hope that a few hours out of the house would cheer little Madam A up.

A family meal at Wagamama Cardiff - header photo of baby sat in high chair with Wagamama menu on her head

Child eating in Wagamama Cardiff

When we arrived we explained that Aria wasn’t very well, probably wouldn’t eat her food and would definitely scream the place down at some point during our meal. The waitress offered Aria some crayons and a kids menu with colouring in and various other activities on it in the hope that it would keep her occupied.

kids meal at Wagamama mini chicken cha han

Despite the fact that Aria wasn’t eating we still ordered food for her, we went for a mini chicken cha han (£3.75) in the hope that she would be tempted by the rice that she usually loves. She had one or two mouthfuls and then proceeded to throw the rice all around the restaurant, her food was quickly taken away from her (by us, not the staff in case you were wondering!) and the tantrum to end all tantrums began. This has absolutely no reflection on the food, as I’ve said Aria was refusing food and drink due to teething. I tried her food and can confirm that it was really nice.

children's entertainment in Wagamama Cardiff

A few games of peek a boo under the paper place mats (they came in handy!) and a couple of silly drawings later Aria stopped crying which meant that Spencer and I could enjoy our meals.

main meals and side orders at wagamama cardiff

Spencer wasn’t too keen on his first ever Wagamamas meal a few months ago, I was convinced that I could change his mind this time and suggested that he try the teriyaki beef soba (bottom left, £13.95). I ordered my two favourite sides, chicken gyoza (£5.95) and ebi katsu (£6.95) for us to share along with a main of teriyaki beef donburi (£10.95).

Spencer was much more impressed with his meal this time than the last time that he went, although he still isn’t Wagamama’s number one fan and I am convinced that this is because the food is healthy! I on the other hand am still a huge fan, I love that we can go along as a family and eat a variety of tasty and healthy food. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and we weren’t made to feel like crap parents when Aria had her meltdown.

selection of puddings at Wagamama Cardiff

Despite Aria’s incessant whinging we somehow managed to order puddings, three in fact, between the two of us as we had given up on Aria eating by this point. I HAD to try the banana katsu and salted caramel ice cream, the waiter recommend that Spencer try the white chocolate ginger cheesecake (£5.95) and I wanted him to experience the strange but delicious mochi ice cream sensation.

As expected, all of the puddings were mind blowingly delicious. The banana katsu exceeded my expectations and I would go as far to say that the salted caramel ice cream was the nicest that I have tried. Even Aria ate a bit which was very naughty as there were large chunks of salt in it!

All in all I highly recommend Wagamamas, Cardiff for a family meal. The staff were friendly and helpful, no one batted an eyelid over our tantruming toddler and they serve a wide variety of healthy yet delicious food.

Are you a fan of Wagamamas? Where is your favourite place to eat as a family?

Restaurant Review : Wagamama Cardiff
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To celebrate the launch of this new club I was invited along to Wagamama* to sample their new Summer menu.
front of Wagamama menu

inside wagamama menu
I’d never eaten at Wagamama before so wasn’t sure what to expect or what food to order. To my relief the menu is packed full of explanations, detailing every dish and offering suggestions on what to team them with. As well as the detailed menu the staff really know their stuff and are more than willing to help. Our waitress for the evening was lovely and so very helpful, I wish I had taken her name so that I could give her a shout out! 
Our waitress explained that everything is cooked once the order is received and nothing is held to wait, therefore the meals come out as and when they are ready, we could order starters and mains separately if we wanted to as our mains would potentially arrive before our starters. We ordered it all together as we were more than happy to eat our starters as sides. The food arrived quickly, it was all hot, fresh and tasted amazing. 
wagamama ramen
Wagamama Ramen
wagamama lollipop prawn kushiyaki
Wagamama lollipop prawn kushiyaki
wagamama teriyaki lamb
Wagamama teriyaki lamb
wagamama ebi katsu
Wagamama ebi katsu
wagamama chicken steamed gyoza
Wagamama chicken steamed gyoza 
Once we had finished our starters and mains we were asked if we would like a pudding. We really struggled to select a pudding, I wanted chocolate cake but felt that I should try something a little different, my sister wanted the white chocolate ginger cheesecake but was also intrigued by some of the unusual deserts. Our fantastic waitress suggested that we ordered three puddings to share, that way we got to try pretty much every pudding on offer, we weren’t going to say no to that! 
All of the puddings that we tried were delicious, the mochi ice cream did hurt my sensitive teeth a little (this is why I rarely order ice cream) but they were worth it, particularly the one rolled in sesame seed. The onigiri reminded me of doughnuts, which meant that it was a winner and the cakes were beautiful, I would struggle to pick a favourite out of all the deserts but if I had to it would be the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. 
wagamama mix it up mochi ice cream
Wagamama mix it up mochi ice cream
wagamama sweet onigiri
Wagamama sweet onigiri 
wagamama mini cakes - chocolate fudge cake, white chocolate ginger cheesecake & passion fruit cheesecake
Wagamama mini cakes – chocolate fudge cake, white chocolate ginger cheesecake & passion fruit cheesecake
I cannot recommend Wagamama, Cardiff highly enough. The food was beautiful, the staff couldn’t do enough for us and the prices are reasonable. Our waitress told us that they have a lot of students in there who will order a meal that costs around £10 and keep topping up on the unlimited free green tea, it really can be a cheap meal! 
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Wagamama and I will definitely return, I have the excuse that Spencer wasn’t able to come with me so he needs to try it!
Are you a fan of Wagamama? If so what is your favourite dish?

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