If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed I ate an excessive amount of Japanese noodles last week! The truth is I attended a Boston Bloggers event – a first for me! As my college days get farther and farther behind me, I’m trying to get better about meeting people who are passionate what I am passionate – so that’s how I found myself at Wagamama Lynnfield with a bunch of other Boston bloggers.
The best part of the whole thing is that I get to share a giveaway for a $25 Wagamama gift card today! Details to enter below.
I was familiar with Wagamama from our trip to the U.K. last year (Wagamama is headquartered in London – in case my post title makes no sense to you), but didn’t realize they were making the jump across the pond until I signed up to attend this event. In recent years the company has launched their first US locations in the Boston area, including their new location, which is the first suburban Wagamama, in Lynnfield, MA – which you may recall is my old neck of the woods! The other three locations are in the Prudential Center, Faneuil Hall, and Harvard Square.
I’ve been watching the new MarketStreet Lynnfield plaza slowly replace the old golf course – and, truth be told, it is awesome! Just one more reason the North Shore of Boston in a great place to be.
Wagamama is clean, upbeat, and affordable. Unlike many Asian food restaurants, their food is light and fresh. No congealed bricks of food here. Wagamama is a pan-asian restaurant that specializes in Japanese noodles, and brings together fresh ingredients in a creative way.
The environment of Wagamama feels similar to a Panera or a Chipotle. There is plenty of seating (cafeteria-style dining tables), outdoor dining opportunities and they also provide free wi-fi (which is always a plus!).
The menu is inventive, and dishes are definitely sized to be shared. I’ve already gushed about it to my husband so you can bet we will be returning. I think I tried three bites of nearly everything on the menu. I had to be rolled out of there at the end of the night. The things I do for my blog readers… 😉
Wagamama is also known for their freshly squeezed juices! This Super Green juice is an apple, mint, celery, lime juice – earthy, unusual, and refreshing.
Of the ~8593 Dishes I tried, here are my Favorites:
For the Soup-er Trooper: Itame: Rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup. Fresh and flavorful. This dish can come with fried tofu, which I (surprisingly) enjoyed very much. ($12.95)
For Meat Lovers: Teriyaki Beef Donburi: Perfectly marinated beef served on white rice and a bed of fresh greens. ($14.25)
For the Classic Take-Out-er: Wagamama Pad-Thai: Unlike many other Pad-Thai dishes I have had, this one was light and didn’t sink to the bottom of your stomach. There was a delightful peanut-y crunch in this meal that is missing from many over-sauced pad-thai dishes. ($12.50)
For the Strictly Salad Eater: Mandarin Sesame Salmon Salad: Yum. These fresh greens were deliciously tossed with perfectly flakey salmon and a tangy sesame-mandarin-basil-mint dressing. ($13.95)
For the Sweet Tooth; Coconut Reika: Vanilla ice cream with a tart mango sauce and toasted grated coconut. Need I say more? ($4.95)
OKAY, enough of that! How can you win?
Here’s how to enter to win a $25 Wagamama Gift Card:
1. Check out the Wagamama menu and leave me a comment on this post telling me which dish sounds tastiest to you!
2. Bonus entry: Follow the DesignLively Facebook page and mention that in the comment
3. Bonus entry: Follow me on Twitter @katlikesdesign and mention that in the comment
Winner will be announced a week from today, Saturday November 15th.
Keeping things honest: The Boston Blogger event dining experience and $25 gift card were provided to me by Wagamama Lynnfield. All thoughts and opinions are my own.