We went along to the Spinningfields’ branch of Wagamama to give it a whirl and we were not disappointed! First of all, the welcome was lovely. We were taken immediately to a spot near the floor-to-ceiling windows and the waiter swiftly armed Eleanor and Will with their “Hoshi” noodle doodle activity sheets, enabling us to browse the menu peacefully! Highchairs clip directly onto the long wooden tables, so there’s no problem sitting wherever you like.
I was taken aback (in a good way!) with the amount of choice on offer for the kids, and how reasonably priced it was. With advice from our waiter, Eleanor and Will chose mini cha han (chicken, vegetables and stir-fried rice) and grilled fish noodles. Service was perfectly efficient – their meals arrived promptly with our grown-up sides of chilli squid and ribs. The children tucked in and absolutely loved their food. I tried it too and was equally impressed – flavour-some, fresh and healthy.
In Japanese, rather delightfully, Wagamama means “naughty child” – wilful and determined. Thankfully ours were on best behaviour, but I’m sure the friendly staff would have remained unfazed if they’d not been!
Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-10pm
Wagamama, 1 Spinningfields Square, Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AP
Tel: 0161 833 9883 wagamama.com
Also at The Printworks, Manchester and MediaCity, Salford