I've been there a few times - works canteen type of layout -
bench seats, waiters with headsets and instructions to fit you in
wherever there's a space.
I don't know much about Japanese cuisine, but what we had was
good (except for the last time we went, when the dishes were not as
hot as they should have been, and were returned for, presumably,
The vegetable and fruit juices are delicious, and the atmosphere
is generally very young and "cosmopolitan". For us hicks, it's meant
to mean a lot that an ethnic restaurant is actually frequented by
the same ethnic group - and it is. It is also frequented by
practically every other ethnic group I could identify - and then
I understand that there are other branches around London, but
I've not looked for them. Wagamamas is well worth one or two visits
- it's not expensive, but you must be prepared to wait in line for
up to 40 minutes if you hit it at the wrong (right?) time. The wait
is relieved to a certain extent by the waiters taking orders for
drinks, to be consumed in the queue.
The queue itself snakes up the stairs, and past the kitchen,
where you can see all the meals and drinks being prepared - a good
ploy to get your juices flowing.
Verdict: Interesting, inexpensive. I will go again.