We went to the opening of the new Wagamama
restaurant in Reading last night.
We were very lucky and got an invitation to the preview opening which involved 2 free meals! :o)
We arrived at the restaurant at 8.00pm exactly as requested and were me by 2 "greeters" checking off names from their lists. They seemed friendly and went into explaining the whole wagamama concept. And friendly they were until they mentioned that "leaving a small tip" would be appreciated as it was a training night. As it was, we had no cash (what with wagamama being almost at the end of our street and the cash machine much further into town) and even if we got some cash out then we'd have to leave £10.00 minimum, which to us was not what you might call a "small" tip. On mentioning this fact to one of the friendly greeters we were informed that "you will find most people don't leave anything less than £10.00 especially as you are getting a main meal, a side dish and drinks for free". So off we went for a cash machine.
was delicious. I had Chicken Katsu Curry (chicken fillet deep fried in crispy breadcrumbs served with a light curry sauce) and Negima Yakitori (three skewers of grilled chicken and spring onion coated in yakitori sauce) Dan opted for Yaki Soba (terppan-fried ramen noodles with egg, chicken, shrimps, onions, green and red peppers, beansprouts and spring onions garnished with seaseme seeds, fried shallots and red ginger) and Duck Gyoza (five deep fried duck and leek dumplings served with a sweet hoi sin sauce - which Dan thought looked like Japanese pasties!).
Along with our meal, we could both have 2 drinks. Dan chose beer and I ordered a glass of red wine. When the drinks arrived, I was given a glass of white wine. Too afraid to complain, I decided to drink it but Dan mentioned it to the waitress and she offered to change it. But just as Dan was about to pour his beer, he realised that it wasn't what he'd ordered either. We must have been given the wrong order. No sooner had we thought this, than our actual order was delivered to us, closely followed by my replacement red wine. Oops! Luckily for me, they let me have the second glass of wine anyway :o)
Half way through the meal, another waitress arrived with a glass of red wine which I hadn't ordered. It was my lucky night though, she let me have it anyway!
After dinner (which would have cost about £15 each) we headed off for a drink. Santa Fe had a live jazz band so we walked straight in and ordered some cocktails ( a mojito for Dan and a Sangria for me) Eventually it was time to go home.