I love shopping and my favourite shopping centre is the Glasgow Fort. Situated just a few miles from Glasgow City Centre, it has all of my most loved shops, almost 2000 free parking spaces and a fabulous multiplex cinema (read more about that here).
After a hard days shopping, one of my favourite things to do is to treat myself and my OH to a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants located at the Fort. To be honest I think I have eaten in every single one of them so when I was recently invited along to the newly opened Wagamama, I couldn’t wait to try it .
I had never been to Wagamama before and really didn’t know what to expect, but I was really impressed by the exterior design, especially the floor to ceiling windows and iconic signage
The clean lines continued inside with a central kitchen which is completely open to the public gaze and smart yet utilitarian wooden furniture around the perimeter.
I was driving so rather than choosing from the selection of asian beer, sake or plum wine, we chose a couple of the delicious and super healthy juices on offer.
We were lucky enough to be served by the head chef Gary, whose passion for the brand, and knowledge of the menu, empowered us to step outside our comfort zones and try some foods we might not have chosen otherwise.
First up we shared a bowl of Chilli Squid, a bowl of crispy fried squid dusted with shichimi and served with a chilli coriander dipping sauce. In the past whenever I have tried squid, I’ve found it to be rubbery and fairly tasteless but this little dish was tender and utterly delicious.
For mains I ordered the Firecracker Chicken which I am told is the hottest thing on the menu and it certainly lived up to its reputation. It wasn’t just all about the spice though, it was incredibly flavoursome with a sweetness that balanced the spice to give a beautifully balanced dish.
My OH is a huge duck fan and ordered the Grilled Duck Donburi. This is a really unusual mix of duck, vegetables, rice and a fried egg that you mix together. I am not going to lie, when mixed this meal does NOT look as good as it tastes, but it does taste SPECTACULARLY good.
We really didn’t leave ourselves much space for dessert and didn’t mean to order anything but curiosity and gluttony got the better of us when we saw Banana Katsu. And how glad were we that we ordered it when this little beauty arrived. Banana in crispy panko breadcrumbs served with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream – absolutely delicious!
When we finally admitted defeat and were leaving, the lovely people from Wagamama at the Glasgow Fort gave us a couple of Wagamama recipe books so that we could try to recreate some of these dishes at home. Exciting!!
We were gifted our meal in exchange for writing this review but my opinions are my own and I will always tell you straight whether I like something or not. No question about it though, we both LOVED Wagamama at the Glasgow Fort and will definitely be back very soon.
Have you been to Wagamama? What would you recommend I try next time?