Modeled on a Japanese canteen, Wagamama, with its long wooden tables and benches and high ceilings with exposed metal piping, ensures a unique communal dining experience. It attracts a young, loud crowd and is constantly busy. Formal courses aren't acknowledged—food is served as soon as it's ready, and appetizers and main courses arrive together. Steamed and salted edamame are a delicious starter, followed with filling bowls of yaki udon or chili beef ramen, and
washed down with fresh fruit or vegetable juice. There's also a fine selection of beers and sakes for the less abstemious.
Dec 13, 2009
Quick, noisy, casual, and reliably good. Be prepared to slurp your noodles elbow to elbow with other diners and watch the line extend out the door.