On my last evening in town, I went over to Harvard Square for dinner. I came across Wagamama, located at 57 JFK street. It looked like a fun restaurant. I had read about it being an Asian inspired noodle restaurant with fun dishes and a nice juice bar. I grew curious about this restaurant, especially after encountering cool noodle chains like Noodles and Company. I figured I would go in and give it try.
Wagamama is a noodle restaurant chain that originated from London. They have various locations around the world. Wagamama is Japanese for willful or naughty child. They are known for serving asian fusion noodle and rice dishes. They advertise fresh ingredients and healthy options. Every dish is made to order and immediately served when it is ready.
The atmosphere was nice. It has the look and feel of a ramen bar. You sit in a large wooden bench tables along with other diners in a kind of communal setting. I was in the mood for noodles and debated between ordering soup based noodle dish or a dry noodle dish. I ended up ordering the Marinated Yasai Noodle Salad. The description of the ingredients sounded pretty good.
Marinated Yasai Noodle Salad
Marinated and grilled eggplant, portabella mushroom and squash combined with caramelized red onion, roasted sweet potato, asparagus, diced tomato and mixed leaves. Served with whole wheat noodles and garnished with pickled red ginger and sesame seeds.
The dish was quite visually pleasing. The noodle salad tasted alright, nothing spectacular. I don’t think it would be a place I would go out of my way to dine at. Seeing that most of their noodle and rice dishes range between $8 to $14, I had set a level of expectation for their dishes. This Marinated Yasai Noodle Salad was $8.50 and did not meet my expectations at all. It was just okay, but not $8.50 okay. Maybe their other dishes are better. I would hope so for those prices. On the other hand, I have to admit that their service is pretty great and everyone was very friendly.
After the mediocre dinner, I wandered around the area looking for dessert. I was in the mood for something portable.
A friend recommended me to go to Lizzy’s for ice cream. Lizzy’s is located at 31A Church Street Cambridge, MA. They have a large selection of ice cream, and a few yogurts, sherbets, sorbets, tofutti. They also have lots of dry and wet toppings to go with it. It seems like quite a popular place and there was a small line. I picked up a regular sized ginger ice cream on a cone. It was a very generous scoop. I like non-traditional flavors. It had little pieces of ginger in the ice cream. The ginger flavor was very light. It was very tasty and totally brightened my night!