I had dinner at Wagamama last night, a trendy noodle & curry place in the Printworks, “the North Westís newest and most innovative entertainment venue.” I had the yasai katsu curry, fried vegetables with curry, rice, and a salad. Yummy.
Wagamama has a chic twenty-first century decor, with a high ceiling, lots of stainless steel, indirect lighting, and bench seating at long tables bolted to the floor. The mega-hip servers – one young gent had a mohawk Frank Gehry could have designed – take your order on wireless handhelds that presumably transmit your order back to the kitchen. This set-up must have costa pretty penny, so I wonder how it contributes to cost-saving. Maybe it’s just an investment in their post-modern image.
Whatever they’re doing, it’s working, because at 5:30 – early for a dinner crowd – they were doing a brisk business.