Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Use Your Noodle to Have a Great Time; Wagamama 8 Eldon Square, Newcastle Telephone (0191) 2330663 Wagamama.com Opening Times: 11.30 until 11pm Disabled Access: Yes 4/5

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Use Your Noodle to Have a Great Time; Wagamama 8 Eldon Square, Newcastle Telephone (0191) 2330663 Wagamama.com Opening Times: 11.30 until 11pm Disabled Access: Yes 4/5

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Byline: ANGELA UPEX

IT'S been part of the Old Eldon Square for some time now, so a friend and I decided to give it a whirl on a freezing October night.

The lure of Wagamama, probably the best known noodle chain of all, was that the restaurant had unveiled its new autumn menu.

We arrived just before 7pm and the place was buzzing with family parties, couples and weary shoppers.

Wagamama is modelled on the ramen bars popular in Japan.

It is a large, bright restaurant with simple, pared back style, clean lines. There is lots of functional wooden bench seating, paper place settings so there's a rather informal air about the place.

There are also individual seating for those wanting a more private dining experience. We spied an army of chefs on duty in the theatrestyle kitchen just opposite furiously chopping veg.

The seating is allocated on a first-come-firstserved basis and the eager staff operate at an incredible pace.

We were given a menu and shown to our seats with a full view of the open plan kitchen where there were plenty of chefs on duty.

To begin with we ordered two large glasses of classic New Zealand sauvignon from the Marlborough region (175ml PS6.25) If you wanted to go down a more healthy root there are lots of fresh, power-packed fruit vegetable juices.

My friend, a teacher, had been teaching sex education to teenagers, she needed wine.

Wagamama offers everything from hearty bowls of ramen noodles, rice dishes, curries, dumplings and juices.

Waiters write down your orders on your place setting and this seemed to delight the little ones sat next to us who also can have their own special menu.

There are no starters as such. The food is freshly prepared and arrives as and when it is cooked.

To begin with ordered some steamed pulled pork gyoza (PS5.85), one of the new additions to the menu. Five arrived and they were filled with slow cooked pulled pork, served with spiced black vinegar and ginger sauce. …

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