Wagamama reveals sites for first ever brunch menu featuring bacon baos and chicken katsu waffles

Wagamama is launching a brunch menu
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In a first for Wagamama, the popular Asian chain is launching its first ever brunch menu at 22 selected sites across the country from Wednesday July 17. Chefs have created a menu from all-time Wagamama favourites with a breakfast twist and exciting new takes on brunch classics.

Brunch the Wagamama way comes with either small plates, larger plates or sharers for the bench served from 8.30am to 11.30am. Highlights include the chicken katsu waffle, bringing together two iconic dishes, featuring a golden-brown waffle topped with Wagamama’s crispy panko-crusted chicken.

Customers can choose a savoury or sweet topping for their waffle, opting for either the classic katsu sauce or a miso caramel vegan ice cream with rich toffee sauce. For a plant-based alternative, Wagamama will serve up indulgent banana katsu waffles, for a sweet, soft and crunchy dish.

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Inspired by its customer demand for bao buns, Wagamama has worked on a series of ‘morning baos’. The fluffy buns are filled with a choice of bacon, sausage, vegan bacon or vegan sausage. The menu will also include moreish sides, such as the crispy Japanese-style corn fritters and bold, flavourful bang bang hash browns.

Kay Bartlett, chief marketing officer said, “We’ve seen an increase in consumer demand for an all-day dining offering and appetite for brunch dishes. This announcement is in response to that, and we’re thrilled to introduce our wagamama take on brunch.

"The decision to open our restaurants at 8.30am has involved a great amount of hard work and dedication from our brilliant teams and we’re all really proud and excited about this latest round of innovation and chapter in the Wagamama story.”

If you fancy a latte between friends or a simple americano, the chain will also be open for a quick coffee stop after collaborating with the sustainable, London-born coffee brand, Grind who will be providing all the beans. Wagamama also continues to partner with Jenki to create the new matcha latte and the iced strawberry and matcha latte.

A selection of cocktails and mocktails to complement the brunch experience has been added. These include Breakfast in Tokyo, a sweet and zesty papaya gin with a blood orange and a yuzu sherbet kick, topped with prosecco, and a Spicy Mary, a take on the classic Bloody Mary with haku vodka, soy, teriyaki and spices, which can also be served as mocktail.

Mindful mocktails include the fiery spiced plum, orange and ginger juice and an espresso coke to which customers can add a scoop of miso caramel vegan ice cream.

For something lighter brunch seekers will find refreshing, revitalising açaí bowls with fresh fruit, toasted soya wow butter and crunchy granola. Also available is a creamy chia and coconut overnight oats topped with mandarin and sour cherry.

Other options are Instagrammable smashed croissants, dipped in a choice of matcha or strawberry white chocolate, and Wagamama's take on French toast - tomago toast with either matcha and purple ube vegan ice cream or sour cherry compote with lemon balm.

The brunch menu will be available at Wagamama in Central Avenue, West Bridgford, and East Midlands Designer Outlet in Derbyshire, just off junction 28 of the M1. The restaurant in Nottingham city centre is not one of the 22 sites to begin with but the menu will eventually be rolled out nationally.