On arrival at the busy Solihull branch, my friend and I were seated on one of Wagamama’s typical long tables, next to a group of strangers.
Service was friendly and efficient as we ordered. I had the Chu Chee Curry, made with stir-fried chicken and butternut squash, served with crispy vegetables and sticky white rice, returned to the menu for the winter season.
The balance of warming chilli and creamy sauce, within the mouth-watering Thai-inspired dish, was perfect, while Wagamama’s insistence on freshly prepared ingredients was reflected in the dish’s wealth of flavour.
My friend had the classic Teriyaki Beef Soba, which was deliciously sweet with a little hit of spice, served on a bed of tasty yet light teppan fried soba noodles, with curry oil and stir fried vegetables.
We also shared a portion of pork ribs, in special Wagamama barbecue sauce, which were almost addictively moreish.
Instead of a dessert, I opted for a freshly prepared blueberry, apple and ginger juice, which was very refreshing, if looking a little unappetising.
The seating arrangements take a little getting used to and while it’s not somewhere to head to for a relaxed lunchtime chat or romantic meal, groups popping in for a quick but satisfying bite will not be disappointed.
Our lunch, including soft drinks, came to around £40.
HANNAH JENNINGS PARRY