Mar 08

Wagamama goes breakfast

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::: NOTE NOTE NOTE::: apologies for being a breakfasttease but apparently this menu is only on until March 30 2008 so if you want your full English breakfast soba noodles, get in there quickly!! ::: END NOTE END NOTE END NOTE:::

We note that Wagamama (on London’s Trendy Wigmore Street only for the timebeing) has commenced a new breakfast menu (pdf)! Your standard smoothies are still there, but what is this I see? Allow me to extract a few portions that drew my attn in particular…

breakfast yaki soba £5.50
teppan fried soba noodles with egg, smoked streaky bacon,
savoy cabbage, mushrooms and fresh chopped tomatoes (ed thinks: …. …. ….ed does not even KNOW)

wagamama kedgeree £5.50

a blend of sticky rice, naturally smoked haddock, spring onion and a
soft boiled egg bound in a curry sauce (ed thinks: haddock? curry sauce?? BREAKFAST?? BLEEE!!!)

okonomiyaki £4.95
a traditional japanese style omelette filled with red and green peppers,
savoy and white cabbage and mushrooms topped with
katsuobushi (dried tuna fish shavings) and aonori (seaweed)(ed thinks: b-b-b-but… where will they COOK it?)

asa gohan v £3.95
a traditional japanese breakfast of sticky rice, miso soup and pickles
can also be ordered with grilled salmon (ed thinks: frankly I have sort of been of the opinion that whenever people claim this is a traditional japanese breakfast they are just taking the mickey out of me as in every single dorama I watch everyone is ALWAYS having either toast or cereal and I have not yet seen one single breakfast scene featuring rice, soup or pickles – not even in Gokusen(2) – bluddy kids?? Someone who has actually been actual Japan, not just telly Japan can probably inform me whether this is GENERALLY the case or not- please?)

They will also do you toast, pastries, a regular “full english”, scrambled eggs, coffee etc… but frankly in for a fusion penny in for a fusion couple of yen, am I right?


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    in the days of empire, breakfast = includes deviled kidneys AND kedgeree (= haddock curry)

    “and the dawn came up like thunder” <--- old goon show joke

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    Sarah on 26 Mar 2008 #

    I have heard rumours of these olden days but I do not believe them.

    Furthermore I do not believe that in spite of what Holiday Inns and continental hostelries purport, that breakfast for our pals across the tunnel consists every single day of eg a giant salami, processed cheese slices 20 french sticks and a table full of cakes. It simply can’t! Think of the digestion!!

    Then again I am not really one for breakfast myself in general, unless I am at a hostelry with breakfast included then I have about 50 servings HURRAH.

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    c on 26 Mar 2008 #

    kedgeree for breakfast = fine

    rice, miso, tsukemono, optional fish for breakfast = fine (in fact rice for breakfast is brilliant! nb i have not met any japanese person who claims to regularly eat a trad asagohan. but i’ve seen people eat it on tv.)

    okonomiyaki for breakfast = WHAT THE SWEET BEJESUS

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    Ewan on 26 Mar 2008 #

    I understand that they are trialling this breakfast menu in advance of serving it at Heathrow Terminal 5, so presumably it will be available there in FUTURE. I am still a bit WTF by the whole thing, tho.

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    Kat on 26 Mar 2008 #

    “asa gohan v £3.95”

    I take it that v is not for ‘vegetarian’ in this case?

    Ahaaaa it’s optional, I getcha. That’ll teach me to skim read.

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    sarah logged out on 26 Mar 2008 #

    I *still* am yet to have kedgeree and I do not trust it. No wonder We Do Not Have An Empire if THAT’S the sort of thing wot the colonialists got up to. *pulls face*

    Yes I think rice and soup for breakfast is PROBABLY good as well but it still seems too much like a MEAL (full english is special hungover occasions only and thus I am not really counting as a ‘general breakfast item’ here). Maybe if I had stuff sitting around in a rice cooker I could get behind this ‘rice for breakfast’ idea; actually grilled rice balls sound like an EXTREMELY good breakfast idea but I could never be a.rsed to make any of a morning, I don’t even make TOAST of a morning. Oh man I want grilled rice balls now.

    Heathrow is sort of the future, isn’t it?? I love getting the National Express via Heathrow, it’s like the past meets the future all jumbled up in one glorious Present (and it always breaks my heart a little when my coach drives away and I do not find myself on a plane to places new but instead I’m going to rub old Gloucester).

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    Alix on 26 Mar 2008 #

    Kedgeree is smashing, but for me, more as a main meal. I can’t manage large meals before the sun is over the yard arm. A nice bowl of porridge is quite enough to last till lunchtime.

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    Pete on 27 Mar 2008 #

    Some idiot nutritionist was having a go at Lil Chris for having curry for breakfast the other day in an idiot magazine. Curry for breakfast is K.Awesome (esp Sri Lankan breakfast curry). Indeed breakfast as main meal of the day is the best way to roll in my book. Though timings, timings, timings…

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    c on 28 Mar 2008 #

    Sarah I swear the *moment* i get back to the uk i am making you kedge! Well, some time that week, at least. It is deeeeee lish. And quite light a meal, i think? Probably lighter than the kind of greasy pastries you get in hotel breakfasts.

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    Pete on 28 Mar 2008 #

    Can I be in on this too! I wuv Kedgeree. And I agree, it is actually quite light as we aren’t looking at a stodgy fatty sauce or anything. The only problem is it is so nice, you might want to eat much, much more.

    That said sticky rice seems wrong for it.

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    Steven Gonzálvez on 29 Nov 2012 #

    Sarah, traditional Japanese breakfast holds a similar position in Japan as the full English breakfast does in England. It is fussier and costlier than cereals & toast, so people eat it more commonly in hotels/cafés than at home.

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