We cut a lot more culinary corners now that Miss Greta is a toddler and running all over the place. By the end of most days, I just want to sink into the couch instead of playing in the kitchen! I usually cook one meal each weekend, and Apolinaras sautés up some fish and quinoa once during the week. Most of our other dinners are fast convenience foods (usually from Costco) or quick meals out (Greta and I love to share a big burrito from Chipotle!). So, when the lovely folks at Wagamama asked if I’d be interested in using a complimentary gift card to check out their new menu items, I happily accepted.
Wagamama serves causal Japanese-inspired fare at four Boston area locations. They have restaurants at Faneuil Hall and the Prudential Center, and just opened a brand new store at the Marketstreet Lynnfield Center last week. Apolinaras picked up Greta from daycare a few Wednesdays ago, and we met at the Harvard Square location.
Greta is starting to become a handful at restaurants. We try to go at off hours and bring lots of toys and snacks to distract her. The chopsticks at Wagamama were a huge hit! And, the staff was patient, which is always so appreciated.
The food also really hit the spot. It was fast and fresh, and we both shared bites with Greta. Here she is with a soba noodle!
Apolinaras enjoyed the Chicken Raisukaree, chicken with a coconut and lime curry sauce, snow peas, and red peppers.
I picked the Lemongrass Shrimp Soba Noodles with beansprouts, scallions, ginger, bok choy, and red chilies, which was quite tasty. The sauce was well balanced with lemongrass, mint, peanuts, and citrus ponzu sauce. I’ve never fried soba noodles before, but I’m going to try it soon, because they were delicious! The shrimp were also perfectly cooked, although I would have like some more veggies to round out the dish.
I’m already looking forward to our next Wagamama date. And, I have a $25 Wagamama gift card for one lucky Boston reader! To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Entries must be in by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, November 14. Good luck!
The fine print: The winner will be picked with random.org on Friday, November 15, and announced here shortly thereafter. I received a complementary $25 gift card from Wagamama but received no compensation for this post and all opinions are mind, of course.