Wagamama is a global chain of restaurants which serves good value Asian noodle and rice dishes, inspired by 'ramen' bars in Japan.
There are now 3 Wagamamas in Amsterdam - two in the city centre at Max Euweplein (near Leidseplein) and Amstelstraat (Rembrandtplein) and the other at Amsterdam Zuid (South) station.
At Wagamama restaurants you don't need to make a reservation - customers are seated on long wooden tables and benches. Outdoor seating is also available at the Max Euweplein and Zuid branches.
The menu is generally the same at each location and the food is freshly cooked to order. Wagamama claims not to use genetically modified (GMO) products.
Side dishes are priced from €2 to €7 and include edamame (freshly steamed green soya-beans) and duck gyoza (duck and leek dumplings).
Mains run from €12 to €17 - the price has been creeping up over the years.
These include ramen (noodle soups), kare (coconut based noodle soups), teppen (noodles cooked on a hot plate), chilli men noodles, rice dishes and salads. Various specials are also routinely added to the menu.
On the drinks side there are fresh juices, Japanese beers, sake, wine and various soft drinks. The green tea is always available for free.
We have found service to be excellent at the Amsterdam Zuid and Rembrandtplein restaurants but a little bit slower at the Max Euweplein branch. Note, the Rembrandtplein branch also has a separate sushi bar.
Tip: If you sign up to their email list at wagamama.nl you can print out your own discount vouchers which change weekly - the best of which is the buy one main course get one free.
Take-away and delivery is possible.
Wagamama in Amsterdam
Wagamama, Max Euweplein 10 (Leidseplein), Amsterdam
Wagamama, Amstelstraat 8 (Rembrandtplein), Amsterdam
Wagamama, Zuidplein 12, Amsterdam Zuid station
Other Wagamama locations in Benelux: Antwerp (de Keyserlei 15); Groningen restaurant closed in April 2013.