Thanks to this post in John’s blog, I learned that Mamma Maria was replaced by Wagaya Tapas. Wagaya in the city is known for their touch screen menus, but I was way more curious about the food than the technology, which clearly shows my age.
Sadly, I didn’t get to sample the dish that caught my attention in John’s review (deep-fried salmon skin) because we went for lunch and the noon/evening menus are different. Lunch is more about lunch boxes, dons (bowl of rice with something on top) and ramen.
Service was very attentive, a bit slow when the restaurant was packed, but got our tick of approval for answering our gluten-related questions with a smile on the face.
Gladys, Al and I shared a couple of dons along with lotus root chips. The chips were fantastic and totally addictive (they’re chips, after all), with a nice balance of audible crunch, saltiness, and sweetness from the sauce. Yes, we ordered a second serving.
Lotus root chips ($6.50)
The chicken teriyaki don was okay but the juicy chicken morsels were a bit bland and a bit too few for our taste. Rice was plentiful enough to call it my dose for the month.
Teriyaki chicken don ($7.50)
The salmon fillet don was, flavour-wise, better than the chicken teriyaki. The protein serving was about the same size, hence the need for more lotus root chips.
Salmon don ($11.90)
Both dons came with the mandatory miso soup, interestingly containing bean sprouts instead of tofu cubes. We ordered a third bowl of soup for $3. We’ll be back soon to sample the dinner menu.
1/239 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
1800 924 292