Last week Claire and I visited Wagamamas, it had definitely been a while since we’ve been back but with all the instagram pictures that have been popping up we just had to go and try their vegan tuna and their avant gard’n which contains the insta famous vegan’egg’.
As usual it was packed, we visited the Southbank chain which is opposite the Thames. They instantly greeted us at the door, and found us a table.
Once settled we ordered the 2 dishes and the salted edamame as a side. We didn’t have to wait long for our dishes to arrive one by one- edamame, avant gard’n and vegan tuna dish.
We shared the dishes between us as we were both intrigued about their meat substitutes- vegan egg & ‘tuna’. We were a little disappointed with the vegan tuna portion as it was quite a lot smaller than what we had seen advertised.
The ‘tuna’ is actually slices of watermelon, dehydrated then dressed and seared in a wok. It was served with miso sesame fried kale, tenderstem broccoli, avocado edamame, tofu guacamole and pickled radish on sticky white rice topped with crispy fried shallots, sesame seeds, fresh chilli and lime.
For me, I personally didn’t think it tasted like seared tuna but the texture was more like a raw tuna, with a pinch of sweetness. Everything that accompanied it was delicious, loved the rice it had a tasty sauce and the fried kale had a lot of flavour. We usually dislike kale, but somehow they made it delicious!
The avant gard’n had barbecue-glazed seitan served with a coconut and sriracha vegan ‘egg’, grilled shiitake mushrooms and asparagus on a bed of brown rice. Topped with edamame beans, carrots and spring onions, dressed with a sweet amai sauce and garnished with sesame seeds and fresh lime. Personally we weren’t keen on the ‘egg’ as the coconut taste dominates everything. The texture was more realistic although a lot softer than an actual egg. Overall the dish wasn’t our favourite but we enjoyed the experience!
Lastly the steamed edamame beans served with salt, we demolished them! All in all we are glad we tried some of their new vegan dishes but I think we will be sticking to our favourite dishes in the future!