Having seen Wagamama's all over the place in my recent global travels and even a bit encouraged by a few Chowhounder fans for the chain, I finally succumbed during a trip to Bristol England after more than a few culinary misfires during my week here.
Last prize certainly goes to Wagamama. How or why it is popular remains a mystery because it is not cheap and the food was just plain awful, to almost inedible. I had the touted panko chicken curry and it was curry glop on tasteless crunchy things I guess at one time were chicken slices.
The salad dressing on the mixed greens was good. That is where it all ends. The vegetable gyozas were inedible. Don't bother. Staff was pleasant about my unhappiness and felt I should have ordered differently. But this is a place I will never go back to.
I tried to explain I was only unhappy with the concept. It was not like it was a "bad" meal that could be corrected. Trust me, I am sure my meal is as good as it gets at Wagamama. But I'll take an honest McDonalds anyday if I am starving next time, over this faux pan-asian, we-are-the-world organic "healthy" feeding opportunity.
How they could take 6 venerable asian cuisines and come up with the lowest common denominator for all of them and make money doing it, is beyond me.