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- Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
- Price Range:
- Moderate, $15 - $25
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
- Meals Served:
- Lunch, Dinner
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Seating For:
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Wagamama
by Ryu L.
4th June 2014
We had lunch here today with my wife. Have had the worst Japanese restaurant experience of my life. Shocking value with stale rice & lukewarm ramen we’d ever been served. Way overpriced and substandard food. The only redeeming feature was the tasty teriyaki and staff was friendly. A disappointing experience & I will certainly never return.
by Steve B.
30th May 2014
I’ve eaten here often and always have the noodles. Consistently good but sometimes you need a little salt to get the flavor shifting. For a place with transient wait staff, it is always friendly and good and if you get the trademe voucher its a meal for two for under $50 with booze. Nothing to complain about here. I would give it a solid 3.5 stars.
8th January 2014
I have eaten at wagamama restaurants quite often and try a different dish each time. I prefer this wagamama restaurant to it’s town counterpart.
The waiters/waitresses are friendly and professional. When some orders got mixed up and we received another tables edamame beans they allowed us to have the food without paying for it which was nice (we were a group and hadn’t realised someone on our table hadn’t ordered it before eating)
I usually order the ramen bowls as they are definitely worth the money and are usually delicious. I had a wagamama ramen which was full of seafood and meat and was definitely worth the $21 I paid for. Very delicious too (not too bland)
Good place to eat (if you can find parking)
by Rod K.
6th January 2014
Don’t expect anything more than a very average Japanese restaurant.
More expansive than usual by about $5 per dish.
29th December 2013
Disappointing. Had the Japanese curry chicken and it wasn’t the best one I’ve ever had. My partner wasn’t impressed with his dish either.
by Sue G.
26th December 2013
Been looking forward to eating at Wagamama for a long time and decided to make a family visit while on our Christmas holiday in Auckland with mouths watering in anticipation of the pan- Asian flavours. The nice ambience and very friendly service from Laura were the plus points. The worst was the meal delivery time for our table of five as I was left waiting for almost 15 minutes for my order while the rest of the family were well into eating! When it finally arrived, my teriyaki beef was very tasty and tender but the noodles and veg lacked pzazz. My husband’s chicken salad had a huge amount of lettuce but a very small quantity of chicken for a main course dish. Overall a bit of a letdown.
by Mimi Y.
30th May 2013
I have been to Wagamama Newmarket many times over the years and this is the first time I have blogged about it. It has consistently been excellent in terms of food flavours and portions, service and ambience! I will definitely continue to come back in future!
I particularly like the vegetarian dishes and the portion sizes! One dish almost always lasts me two meals!
by Miriam M.
13th February 2013
I was extremely hesitant to try Wagamama Newmarket after reading negative reviews on this website. I am so glad my boyfriend talked me in to it because it was amazing!!
I ordered the ginger chicken with udon noodles and it was delicious, perfect amount of ginger, lemongrass, corriander etc. My partner had the katsu chicken curry and was equally satisfied.
The portion sizes were very good, we didn’t have enough room for desert. The staff were great, we had excellent service.
The people who complained about this restaurant must be crazy, I will go back again for sure.
by Monica C.
7th January 2013
Some people dislike Wagamama as they see it too much as a chain restaurant but I think it’s quite alright. Food is good however not authentic. Service is alright and the restaurant can get quite noisy due to the way it’s set out but the setting is also pretty cool.
8th November 2012
Way overpriced for the pitiful amount of food that you get. Bad service, I was ignored for half an hour by 4 different staff and as a result, did not get to order dessert. That ended up being a good thing though, because judging by the portion sizes for the mains, the desserts would have been tiny.
I do not recommend anyone go here. Rip off. It’s not even authentic Japanese.
24th June 2012
I normally get dragged along to this place but service is ok IMO, the food though is bland, the only thing I’d recommend are the desserts, Banana Katsu was ok, chocolate fudge cake was nice albeit overly sweet. Prices are excessive for what you get.
8th May 2012
Had dinner with a friend on a Monday night. Was considerably quiet but service was still poor and virtually non-existent. Had to wait 3 minutes to be seated. Decor was bland but clean.
Prices were exorbitant and portion was small. Given this, hardly surprising it was quiet while cafes nearby were more bustling.
Will not come back again, and do not recommend others to be put through this torture. There are a handful of other Japanese eateries nearby which offer better value for money, more authentic Japanese food and much more appealing ambience.
27th July 2011
I really enjoyed my experience at Wagamama, came here with a friend after a visit to our Gym down the road, service was friendly and prompt we ordered a beef dish and a chicken dish and they were both delicious, full of fresh veges and a yummy sauce. I was very satisfied and will definently be back to try out some more of there wonderful dishes.
by Karen R.
10th June 2011
Four stars for the delicious flavours in my dish, Yasai don buri (I think). The vegetables were fresh and perfectly prepared. They had a lovely kind of chargrilled flavour to them, and I enjoyed the sesame seeds and the very more-ish sauce that accompanied the dish.
That said, I had to knock a star for the fact that I really did want a larger quantity of veges for the $12.50 price. Loads of rice though, so I didn’t go hungry. Also, the free green tea seemed to have an extremely bitter bite at the back of the palate (the waitress listened, but seemed unconvinced she needed to take any action on my comments which I expressed when she asked how my meal was. She smiled and nodded sweetly.)
Only other complaint would be sticky sticky tables!
Apart from that, I think it’s great to have a super healthy, fast, convenient hot lunch option like this in Newmarket. Nice one Wagamama!
PS: I also liked the puzzle-sheets they have for kids; and I thought the long bench-table layout was very sociable and funky.
1st February 2011
I have just this minute, came back from here and I have to say that this is probably one of the worst, if not THE worst dining experience I have ever encountered. Wagamama’s food is not unlike their décor – bland and boring.
Service was quick and efficient, but generally pretty unfriendly and the waitress kept on checking on us begrudgingly. We were told that the food was not going to come at the same time as if it was a marketing point. My partner ordered the Chili Ramen and I ordered the Teriyaki Salmon. The ramen was okay but you could hardly call it a ramen dish as it was mostly sprouts. The soup was watery and bland… a bit like salt in hot water.
The teriyaki salmon eventually arrived and it was half inch thin piece of 100gm boiled salmon on a cup of rice with limp, oversteamed bokchoy, a bit of soy sauce. $23 for that? It was almost tasteless.
We decided to stay for dessert. We ordered the Banana Katsu. For $12 we expected something really nice… What was served was 2 small and sad fried bananas and a conservative scoop of icecream with a mint leaf. Also, incredibly bland.
All in all, I spent $73 (no alcohol) and walked away feeling intensely ripped off. For quarter the price, we could’ve gone to Banzai or Katsubi which is much friendlier, the food is heaps better and just as healthy.
I will not be returning. If you haven’t been, don’t go. Maybe try Tasca a few steps down.
21st August 2010
Always an enjoyable lunch and the food is yummy. Service is great
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