Evet, geçen hafta İstanbul’daydım. Doğal olarak bundan sonraki birkaç yazım İstanbul hakkında olacak. Hoşunuza gideceğini düşünüyorum.
Yes, I was in İstanbul last week. The next few posts will be about İstanbul, as a result. I hope you will like them...
First evening, we went to Wagamama at Kanyon Shopping Mall ground floor, with my grandmother . I love the place since I had my first “ramen” at their London branch. The decoration originally consists of long tables and long benches where everyone can sit next to each other as a big family. Due to the nature of the place, everyone comes, has a quick meal and than continues their day. Also, Wagamama was a cheap alternative in London. However, in Turkey, as in all other international food&beverage places, the concept is totally different. The comperatively high prices, turned the neighbourhood’s fast and healthy belly filling station to a fancy restaurant with seperate tables, longer eating time and people gossiping meanly about what others are wearing, looking like or wheather if they are eligible to dine there.
No matter what, we were there, as I love their food and it is perfect for even my grandmother, who is very sensitive to most of the ingredients. We ordered boiled edamme to start with (fresh and crispy soy beans, unshelled). Shortly after, my “yaki soba” – noodles with chicken and vegetables and grandma’s “chicken ramen” – big bowl of noodles, chicken and some vegetables served like a soup- arrived. She liked it very much as it is plain, all boiled, and had a portion that is more than enough. I loved mine too, almost no oil, lots of vegetables and you don’t feel heavy afterwards.
As I already mentioned the atmosphere, I have a little to add. Waiters were very friendly and welcoming. They showed great respect to my grandmother and also helped a lot to choose what to eat, considering the ingredients that she cannot eat. As it is so at all Wagamama’s, service was incredibly fast. There is a terrace area option, which was very crowded due hot weather.
Getting there is also very easy. There is a large parking lot for the ones who still prefer driving at İstanbul’s crazy traffic. For the less patient ones, there is the subway option. You can take M2 line and hop off at Levent station. You can directly go in Kanyon, from subway.
If you are interested in far east cusines but you find them sometimes too spicy, fried or oily, Japanese style food serving Wagamama is a very good choice for you. In their words, “positive eating + positive living”. Worth trying, you won’t regret it!