Calling all Wagamama fans: everyone’s favourite Japanese restaurant chain has just launched its summer menu (with a focus on adding more healthy and vegan options into the mix) and we’ve got to admit, some of the new editions sound absolutely stunning.
The one that we’re most excited about? Everybody’s favourite dish – their legendary katsu curry, which can either be ordered with chicken, vegetables (yasai) or tofu and soya protein (known as the ‘vegatsu’) – has inspired a new salad. Yep, there’s now a katsu salad option featuring either tempeh (soybeans) or chicken in crispy panko breadcrumbs, along with edamame beans, pickled asian slaw, pea shoots, Japanese pickles, red chillies and a side of curried salad dressing. Scream!
Wagamama have also shared that they’re going in on gut health with their new summer menu, shining a light on kimchee (a traditional Korean side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, that’s good for your gut) in particular. They’ve paired it with mackerel in the new Spicy Miso Mackerel fish dish, served alongside sweet potato, tender stem broccoli, bok choi, shiitake mushrooms and kimchee fried rice. Which doesn’t half sound delicious, right?
Next up: new Korean-inspired Ssambap lettuce wraps with tempeh or chicken, which come dressed with kimchee sauce and pickled slaw. There’s also a new and rather tasty-looking sticky miso corn (another plant-based offering). Wagamama describe this one as “corn-on-the-cob roundels coated in sticky spicy sauce and finished with sesame seeds and spring onion” – honestly, just get us there now.
The food group has also announced they will be providing menus both with and without calories, for anybody who has a complex relationship with food, as the government’s new scheme calling for all large-scale restaurants to list calorie content comes into play this month. Thomas Heier, Wagamama’s CEO, said the decision was made with the hopes of helping to ease the stress of dining out for those with disordered eating.
“After two years of working with our charity partners Young Minds, disordered eating for young people is something we’re acutely aware of,” Heier explained. “As calories become a legal necessity for all restaurants, we’ve decided to offer a non-calorie menu for guests suffering with a challenging relationship with food.”
Fancy a Wagamama, anyone?
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