Many people were impatient to ultimately see the Wagamama brand coming to France. After long months of waiting, it’s now done! Wagamama Paris has opened in late January 2019 at 10 Place de Budapest in Paris 9th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Gare Saint-Lazare.
For all those who happen not to know about Wagamama, you should know that it’s a Pan-Asian concept, inspired by Japanese ramen bars born in London.
Today, the very famous fast casual franchise Wagamama owns over 200 restaurants worldwide and finally arrives in France for many gourmets’ and Asian flavors lovers’ greatest joy!
On the menu of Wagamama Paris? Everything that made the fame of the franchise including ramens of course, as well as other Asian specialties such as: omakase, donburi, teppanyaki, gyoza… The whole in a bright place that can accommodate up to 130 seats, with a clean and trendy décor. We love the mural made on one of the brick walls and the large open-plan kitchen. We also love the warm and dynamic welcome of the team!
But let’s return to the menu, that will delight regulars thanks to the both rich and varied selection.
As for sides – to share or not –, Wagamama Paris provides the unmissable edamame, as well as chili squid (crispy and pan-seared squids sprinkled with shichimi, served with pepper and cilantro sauce) or the bang bang cauliflower (crispy cauliflower cooked in wok with firecracker sauce, red onions and scallions, filled with fresh ginger).
As for us, we went for the lollipop prawn kushiyaki plate with excellent prawn skewers, grilled and marinated in lemongrass, with pepper and caramelized lime.
Lollipop prawn kushiyaki
We also enjoyed tori kara age: crispy chicken bites seasoned and served with chili sesame and soy sauce.
Tori Kara Age
We also enjoyed the vegetable gyozas by Wagamama and steam-cooked. The restaurant also provides deep-fried gyozas if you prefer.
We barely finished these sides, that the rest arrives with the very hearty Wagamama ramen based on grilled chicken, seasoned pork, chikuwa, shrimp tails and mussels served with noodles in a hen broth seasoned with dashi and miso. Add to this half a tea-marbled egg, wakame and scallion.
Across the table, my partner goes for the famous teppanyaki with salmon teriyaki soba based on soba noodles seared with curry oil and served with snow peas, bok choi, red onions, pepper and soy sprouts, served with teriyaki sauce and the whole garnished with sesame seeds.
Salmon teriyaki soba
Moving on to omakase, Wagamama Paris suggests the kare burosu ramen with pepper-wrapped tofu served with udon noodles cooked with mushrooms, the whole served in curry-flavored vegetable broth.
For donburi, discover the grilled duck donburi with pulled duck leg and spicy teriyaki sauce, served with carrots, snow peas, sweet potatoes and red onions with Japanese rice. And let’s not forget about fried egg.
The force of Wagamama also includes its character. So, you can change Japanese rice for whole rice for the donburi or go for rice or udon noodles instead of the traditional soba noodles for teppanyaki. You can even choose your broth for your ramen such as spicy, light or gourmet broth.
The restaurant also provides a special menu to vegetarians and vegans!
And to end on a sweet note, Wagamama Paris offers on the menu several ice cream and the famous white chocolate and ginger cheesecake or even surprising deep-fried bananas served with a scoop of ice cream.
White chocolate and ginger cheesecake
Deep-fried bananas and ice cream
As for drinks, we can only recommend you sip one of the homemade juices, a delight! Or, you can choose sodas or beers. Soon, Wagamama Paris will also feature a cocktail bar with several creations to enjoy until 2 a.m.
Other novelties on their way? A summer terrace overlooking the Place de Budapest. Additional seats that will be welcomed. Since its opening, Wagamama Paris is crowded and the local workers are many to come here for lunch. For a relaxed atmosphere, you better go there for dinner.
Thanks to its charming concept, a thing is sure, other Wagamama restaurants are said to open soon in France…
From 12 February 2019 to 31 December 2019
10 Place de Budapest
75009 Paris 9