I don’t automatically diss eating in chain restaurants. Miller & Carter do decent steaks (see recent Jay Rayner review). And I’ve been going to Pizza Express since the time it only had a couple of outlets. I once had dinner with Queen’s Brian May at the Kingston on Thames branch. OK, when I say I had dinner with him, I mean we were both in the restaurant at the same time.
But, for feck’s sake, what’s the point of Wagamama?
The other night, went to the local flicks for an early showing of Knives Out (very funny, well worth seeing). Rather than cooking or getting a Deliveroo afterwards, we’d decided on dinner at one of the three chain restaurants on the cinema site. We picked Wagamama, as we’d never been before (and didn’t fancy Bella Italia or Frankie & Benny’s).
What am utterly dismal meal. Herself had the veggie katsu curry which she rated as nowhere near as nice as the one you get in Sainsbury’s café. I ordered the chicken donburi which was one of the most tasteless things I’ve put in my mouth for donkeys ages. Claggy rice, grated carrot, pea shoots, and a few shreds of chicken, allegedly dressed with teriyaki sauce.