Boston Minute, Part 2: Wagamama, Faneuil Hall

by Valerie on July 28, 2012 · 9 comments

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As I mentioned, I was briefly in Boston recently – I knew my free time was limited, but I was so happy to be able to fit in one thing: dinner at Wagamama at Faneuil Hall. I first heard of Wagamama a long time ago, like the late 90s, and have heard about it several times. Friends who know I love Asian food always recommend it.  When I switched to a gluten-free vegan diet, the restaurant still came up as a frequent recommendation because of the extensive allergy-friendly offerings

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And every time I have been in a city that has a Wagamama location, somehow, something has come up.  This time, though, I was determined for that not to happen.  The day I travelled up to Boston, I had a fair amount of flexiblity – so, after finishing up some work, and hitting barre class at the hotel, I walked practically ran the half-mile to Wagamama.  I actually ended up only having about an hour, but that did not prevent me from having a delicious meal.  I had my eye on the itame, which is actually a green curry rice noodle dish. 

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Luke, who is one of the managers at Wagamama at Faneuil Hall, was a complete rockstar – he knew I was pressed for time,but made sure I had a wonderful meal that was gluten-free, vegan and protected from cross-contamination – I know Massachusetts has some strict guidelines on allergy-friendly dining, but Luke really went above and beyond. He agreed that the itame was a good choice, and said it was no problem to substitute brown rice for the rice noodles (I was freezing and tired and wanted something heartier, so the brown rice was perfect).  Also, to address cross-contamination concerns, he suggested substituting the fried tofu with just plain steamed tofu.  When I off-handedly asked if there were any drinks without sugar, he pointed out that Wagamama had pressed juice drinks which, somehow, I had completely missed.  I asked for their carrot ginger juice, with added cucumber.

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The carrot cucumber ginger juice totally hit the spot:

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Even though I was craving a heart hot meal, I also ordered the raw salad, and Luke suggested substituting lime juice for the wagamama dressing, which was not gluten-free vegan.

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I inhaled the salad in 1.5 seconds, as I was starving:

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And then dug into the itame, with brown rice, and was in Thai green curry heaven:

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It had been years since I had had a Thai curry at a restaurant, which made this dish that much more special. That said, it was delicious to begin with – fragrant with coconut and spices, with just a slight slight bite.  The brown rice soaked up the sauce perfectly, and the meal was warm and very satisfying. Coming off a sinus infection and travel (not to mention Boston being 30 degrees cooler compared to DC that week), this meal was everything I wanted: rich, hearty, full of cooked and raw vegetables. I was so pleased and restored. If you eat gluten free and vegan and are near a Wagamama, you must try this dish – and if you can eat anything you want and have no food restrictions/allergies/intolerances, I still recommend you go to Wagamama.  Boston readers, you are so lucky to have three locations at your fingertips!

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1 Laura August 16, 2012 at 3:30 am

Thanks so much for sharing! I wish I knew what was going on with the wagamama location that has been “coming soon” in Penn Quarter for over a year now. I’d love to experience some of this amazing looking gluten-free food! I hope they still plan on opening the location on 7th Street since it’s so close to my office. The juices sound incredible too!


2 Lauren August 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This looks amazing! Like the commenter above, I too have been wondering what is going on with the one in Penn Quarter. Let’s hope they get their act together soon!


3 Gena August 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Looks like a fantastic meal! I love how accommodating the restaurant was.


4 MM Curator August 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

I first encountered Wagamama in London in 2007 and was immediately smitten. It’s an absolute crime that this chain isn’t anywhere in the States except Boston!! I don’t have any food allergies so can eat whatever, and everything I’ve gotten there is totally delicious. Glad you could eat there too because it’s sooooo good!!


5 fartygirl August 21, 2012 at 3:32 am

this is gonna drive me crazy. i swear to Gaia I’ve been there before. I used to live in Boston. That looks so familiar. I’m headed up again in two weeks and will definitely check this out! Thanks!!!


6 Daniel November 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

How cool that you’re new to veganism and VeganMOFO. This is my first year pattacipiring in the MOFO, but I’ve been vegan for five or six years. I look forward to reading more of your stories!


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