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.