Global London Asian chain Wagamama preps noodles for big Dallas debut
According to a release, it'll open on December 8, just in time to show guests visiting for the holidays how cosmopolitan Dallas is.
Wagamama, which translates as "naughty child" and which the chain likes to present as lower-case, originated in the United Kingdom in 1992 and has 227 locations worldwide including eight in the U.S.
The menu features a wide variety of noodle and rice dishes as well as salads and shareables, fresh juices, hot tea, wine, sake and Asian beers. The full-service and high-energy dining concept is inspired by fast-paced Japanese ramen bars and showcases a fresh take on Asian plates.
Food is cooked to order and served straight from wok to table. Signature dishes include Ginger Chicken Udon, Yasai Katsu Curry, and Chicken Gyoza Ramen, plus craft cocktails like the Thai Chili Margarita.
Other menu highlights include:
- Grilled Duck Ramen – crispy duck leg, rich vegetable broth, cilantro + ponzu sauce, bok choy, chilies, scallions, half a tea-stained egg
- Bang Bang Cauliflower – crispy cauliflower, firecracker sauce, red onions, scallions, fresh ginger, cilantro
- Korean Barbecue Beef + Red Onion Bao – two fluffy baos
- Miso Cod Soba – green tea soba noodles, miso-glazed cod, bok choy, snow peas, red bell peppers, scallions, ginger, chili, cilantro
The 4,600 square foot restaurant will be open for a quick but unhurried lunch, leisurely dinner with family, or lighthearted meeting place for friends. The restaurant also features an outdoor patio, located on the corner of Harry Hines Blvd and Ashland Street.
To celebrate the grand opening on December 8, the first 50 guests can receive a free ramen upon mentioning the code “Rush for Ramen.” They're also partnering with Paper for Water, raising money to fund water and sanitation projects worldwide, with the installation of an origami piece made up of butterflies viewable on December 8.
“It is with great excitement that we announce wagamama’s opening in Dallas and our first location in Texas,” says wagamama USA CEO Richard Flaherty in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming guests into our restaurant located in the heart of uptown and close to Dallas’ bustling Victory Park neighborhood, offering our Texas consumers a varied, fresh and quality modern Asian menu.”