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Wagamama, an international restaurant brand featuring fresh, Asian-inspired dishes and craft cocktails, opened its first Atlanta location for full-service, Wednesday, July 27, at the newly-built Star Metals District in West Midtown. Wagamama is open for lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
“After being open a few weeks for takeout and delivery, we’re thrilled to welcome guests in to fully experience Wagamama’s modern take on Asian cuisine in the thriving neighborhood of West Midtown,” said Richard Flaherty, co-CEO of Wagamama USA in a statement. “Our engaged, high-energy dining experience perfectly complements Star Metals’ approach to the new urban lifestyle.”
The new restaurant is located in Star Metals Residences at 1050 Howell Mill Road and has more than 3,500 square feet of indoor space plus an expansive private outdoor patio. Inspired by the best of Asia, Wagamama’s menu features a wide variety of cooked-to-order noodle dishes, signature ramens, shareables, fresh juices, and craft cocktails. Menu highlights include:
- Shu’s ‘shiok chicken’ – a collaborative dish with Shu Han Lee featuring turmeric, garlic, and ginger marinated chicken, coconut and lemongrass rice, pickled slaw and radish, chili, cilantro, and lime
- Spicy salmon teriyaki – marinated salmon served on a bed of soba noodles with broccolini, asparagus, chilies, spicy miso and dressed in a teriyaki sauce
- Chicken katsu curry – chicken coated with crispy panko breadcrumbs, smothered in a signature curry sauce
- Tantanmen beef brisket ramen – Korean beef brisket served on top of noodles with half a tea-stained egg, menma, kimchi, scallions, cilantro, and bok choy in a rich chicken broth
- Pork belly + panko apple bao – fluffy Asian bao buns with pork and panko apple
- Avant Gard’n (vg) – a collaborative dish with Gaz Oakley showcases Wagamama’s approach to vegan, barbecue-glazed seitan is served with a coconut and Sriracha vegan “egg,” grilled shiitake mushrooms, and asparagus
- Duck lettuce wraps – shredded duck with cherry hoisin, cucumber, and scallions with butter lettuce
- Banana katsu – banana in panko breadcrumbs with caramel sauce and a scoop of salted caramel ice cream
Guests craving a mid-day treat can enjoy Wagamama’s happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with a selection of small plates to accompany cocktails exclusively available in the bar.