Wagamama has recently opened a location where half of their menu is a temporary testing menu! Here is a review on all the exclusive dishes!

There are many things that make this location so unique! Firstly, half of the menu is fully exclusive to the location. Those dishes can only be found here!

The Concept

Their purpose is very simple: those experimental new dishes are tested by the customers and at the end of the meal, you get given a tablet on which you voice your opinions on each dish including ‘value for money’, ‘taste’, ‘size of portion’, ‘would you recommend this dish?’ and other questions that allows the restaurant to determine whether to implement the dish permanently to the menu. The trials of these dishes last a few months, with the current menu running from January till early April. Of course, the dishes being experimental, they are priced slightly less than their normal dishes.

Vegan takeover

All but one dish are vegan! Wagamama’s vegan menu had such a success that the new dishes are all vegan alternatives. There are many classic Japanese dishes that are revisited in a creative way, such as the Age Dashi and the Pumpkin Onigiri.

🍲Aga Dashi 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama 📍4 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2HZ, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧This seemingly simple tofu dish is actually very difficult to achieve to perfection! Firstly, the broth has incredible miso flavours without being too salty. Secondly, the silken tofu is soft and made crispy in the most delicate way possible. And thirdly the detailed toppings such as wakame, spring onion and ginger is the cherry on top of the cake! A must try if you like traditional tofu! . 🇫🇷Ce plat de tofu apparemment simple est en réalité très difficile à réaliser à la perfection! Premièrement, le bouillon a d'incroyables saveurs miso sans être trop salé. Deuxièmement, le tofu soyeux est tendre et croustillant de la manière la plus délicate possible. Et troisièmement, les garnitures détaillées telles que le wakame, le ciboule et le gingembre sont la cerise sur le gâteau! A essayer si vous aimez le tofu traditionnel! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #foodporn #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #meatfree #noodlelab

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🍘Pumpkin Onigiri 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama_uk 📍 81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧Wagamama’s testing location doesn’t disappoint! While all items on test are discounted, having tasted all of them (apart from the non vegan thing), I can safely say that everything is amazing! Those pumpkins onigiris aren’t rice balls with pumpkin inside, they’re pumpkin instead of rice, which makes everything so much better! Oh and the flavours are bomb too including that little sweet and slightly sour sauce! . 🇫🇷Le lieu de test de Wagamama ne vous décevra pas! Alors que tous les articles en test sont réduits, après avoir goûté tous (sauf la chose non vegan), je peux vous dire que tout est incroyable! Ces onigiris de citrouille ne sont pas des boules de riz avec de la citrouille à l'intérieur, elles sont de la citrouille au lieu du riz, ce qui rend tout tellement mieux! Oh et les saveurs sont de la bombe, y compris cette petite sauce sucrée et légèrement aigre! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #vegane #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #dairyfree #noodlelab

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For the mains, if you have never encountered Seitan in your life, this is the best time to try the vegan alternative! Wagamama is one of the first non-vegan restaurant chains to embrace this ingredient that is so popular with vegans. The reason for this is because it can taste exactly like chicken or beef. See for yourself: Seitan katsu curry and sticky Seitan.

🍛Vegatsu 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama_uk 📍 81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧Vegan seitan katsu curry. That is all. Ok, that’s not all, it’s amazing!! A place that does perfect Katsu curries makes seitan Katsu curry and it’s can’t possibly be more perfect! In terms of technique and curry sauce, it’s nothing comparable to any other place and seitan is so much better than mushroom, tofu or vegetable Katsu curries other places offer! . 🇫🇷Vegan seitan katsu curry. C'est tout. Ok, ce n'est pas tout, c'est incroyable !! Un endroit qui fait de parfaits currys Katsu fait du curry de seitan Katsu et il est impossible d'être plus parfait! En termes de technique et de sauce au curry, ce n'est rien de comparable à tout autre endroit et le seitan est tellement mieux que les champignons, le tofu ou les légumes Katsu currys que d'autres endroits offrent! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #vegane #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #dairyfree #noodlelab

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🍛Sticky Seitan Stir Fry 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama 📍4 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2HZ, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧Finally a restaurant that doesn’t just do tofu, mushrooms and “is vegetarian ok?”! Long live the seitan! This dish has sweet and sour flavours and lots of vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. While the seitan itself was a bit chewy, it’s a good attempt and the sauce was perfect! . 🇫🇷Enfin un restaurant qui ne fait pas que du tofu, des champignons et du «c’est ok si c’est végétarien?» Vive le seitan! Ce plat a des saveurs aigres-douces et beaucoup de légumes et de champignons shiitake. Alors que le seitan lui-même était un peu en caoutchouc, c'est une bonne tentative et la sauce était parfaite! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #foodporn #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #meatfree #noodlelab

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There’s also another popular addition to Wagamama : a dish created by King Cookdaily, the chef of Cookdaily, one of the most popular vegan restaurants in London that is located in the Boxpark.

🍲 Cookmama 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama_uk 📍 81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧The noodle lab is a new concept by Wagamama where they test their new creations! Ever since the release of their vegan menu, almost every new creation is vegan! With tofu, coconut bacon, curries udon noodles and plenty of vegetables, this dish certainly didn’t miss the mark in terms of vegan mastery! And as it was created by @kingcookdaily it’s also served in a special bowl! . 🇫🇷Le noodle lab est un nouveau concept de Wagamama où ils testent leurs nouvelles créations! Depuis la sortie de leur menu vegan, presque toutes les nouvelles créations sont vegan! Avec du tofu, du bacon de noix de coco, des nouilles udon au curry et beaucoup de légumes, ce plat n'a certainement pas manqué la note en termes de maîtrise vegan! Et comme ce plat a été créé par @kingcookdaily il est servi dans un bol spécial! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #foodporn #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #meatfree #noodlelab

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And last but not least, the vegan deserts are very nice too! And as they are vegan, you won’t gain weight if you eat 10 of those little fruity matcha cakes!

🍰Vegan Matcha cake 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama_uk 📍 81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧It’s vegan, it’s with matcha and mangoes, what else can you possibly need? Made with fresh and light vegan cream, you can taste the slight notes of matcha that strangely enough, complement the mango! . 🇫🇷C'est vegan, c'est avec du matcha et des mangues, de quoi d'autre avez-vous besoin? Fait avec de la crème vegan fraîche et légère, vous pouvez goûter les notes légères de matcha qui étrangement, complimentent la mangue! . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #foodporn #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #matcha #noodlelab

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Another bonus that I noticed, is their little mushroom buns are available in a vegan version here too from the normal menu!

🥟Vegan Mushroom Bun 🍽 Wagamama Noodle Lab @wagamama_uk 📍 81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP, 🇬🇧 . 🇬🇧What can possibly be better than delicate little buns for wagamama? Vegan buns! Containing mushrooms and crispy aubergine, this lovely little bun is the improved vegetarian creation of wagamama, while not being dry at all! It can only be found in their Noodle Lab, their restaurant that experiments with new dishes to see if customers like it enough to launch it in their other restaurants. . 🇫🇷Quoi de mieux que de petits buns délicats de wagamama? Des buns vegans! Contenant des champignons et de l'aubergine croustillante, ce petit bun charmant est la version améliorée de la création végétarisecheenne de wagamama, tout en n'étant pas sèche du tout! Elle ne peut être trouvée que dans leur Noodle Bar, leur restaurant qui expérimente avec de nouveaux plats pour voir si les clients l'aiment assez pour le lancer dans leurs autres restaurants. . #vegan #vegetarian #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganism #vegetarianfood #veganeats #plantbased #plants #plant #vegetables #govegan #veganfoodshare #veganlife #veganathlete #vegane #foodlover #foodstagram #foodphoto #veganrecipes #vegansofinstagram #veganfitness #vegangirl #veganism #veganfoodie #veganlondon #londonvegan #dairyfree #noodlelab

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Wagamama Noodle Lab
81 Dean St, Soho, London, W1P 3HP