Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Eating Out: Wagamama
Canberra Centre, North Quarter
Bunda Street, Canberra
It was a stroke of immense good fortune that led me to Wagamama one night during my stay in Canberra. I'm not sure what drew me -- it might have been the funky orange light shades, it might have been the prices on the menu, but I think mostly it was because there were immense letters on the door that said "noodlebar"... and I had a hankering for something like that.
I grabbed a menu and eventually decided on the yasai katsu curry. To quote from the menu: "slices of sweet potato, aubergine and butternut squash deep-fried in panko breadcrumbs. served with a light curry sauce and japanese-style rice. garnished with a combination of mixed leaves and red pickles". And may I say -- phwoar!
Like some people, I don't enjoy eating in a restaurant on my own. I can do it, but if I'm going to be eating on my own, I prefer to do it in private. So I ordered to go.
This had me impressed from the start - it was all kept separate! Perhaps not great for the environment, but made the eating back in my hotel room SO much better. There was a container for the curry sauce, a container for the leaves and pickles, and the vegies and rice were in another. This meant the vegies stayed crunchy, I could add as much or as little sauce/rice as I liked, and the garnish hadn't wilted!
I know my presentation skills would not quite be up to the standard of the establishment, based on the dishes I saw whisking past me while I waited, but hopefully this isn't too bad. What can I say about this meal... bliss. I'm still salivating over it now, just at the thought! I could have happily just had a big bowl of the vegies, they were SO good. The curry sauce had a nice bite to it, while not being overpowering. All in all, I completely enjoyed my meal, and at $14.50 I thought it was well worth the price (although I didn't pay for it).
And do you know what else? The most fantastic thing? I don't have to go to Canberra any time I want to check out Waga's other culinary delights -- there're a couple right here in Melbourne! Mere blocks from work!! [insert contented sigh here]