Noodles and ice cream

It's time to break out the flip flops and shorts (or in our case, just find any excuse to do so). Armed with our sunnies and trusty cameras, we joined the throngs of people by the Tower Bridge pier one afternoon to soak up some sunshine. What was initially an idea for a picnic turned into lunch in one of the restaurants followed by ice cream while lounging around on the grass. We were hungry even before we got onto the bus so lunch was the first thing on our minds when we got to the pier. After a quick survey, (and after taking in the unmistakable aroma of vinegar and grease coming from the pub), we decided that a light lunch in Wagamama would be ideal.

Wagamama (Tower Hill)
2b Tower Place
Tower Hill

With floor to ceiling windows that let the sunshine in, the restaurant was quiet, quite unlike the over-flowing pub next to it. We put it down to the fact that everyone else preferred to be outdoors instead. With Wagamama being well-known for its noodles, we naturally settled on noodle dishes after a quick look-through of the menu.

Yaki Soba - teppan-fried soba noodles with chicken, shrimp, egg, beansprouts, peppers, onions, garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and sesame seeds.

Amai Udon - teppan-fried udon noodles in a tamarind sauce with prawns, egg, tofu, beansprouts, red onion, leek, garnished with peanuts and lime. Always one for the tangy and spicy, I think the words "tamarind", "peanuts" and "lime" were what caught Anusha's eye.

The thing about Wagamama is that the food is always on the lighter side, especially in terms of flavour - perhaps in line with its healthy eating theme. Flavours are generally mild (perhaps, except for the noodles in spicy coconut based soup range) and this includes the chilli oil. I personally don't mind quick noodle stir-fry once in awhile but based on past experience, it's really not the sort of place for someone who's got a hearty meal in mind.

Feeling content, and Sapna with her take-away package in tow, we took a stroll by the river and made our way over the bridge to settle down onto the sunny patches of grass, ice cream cones in hand - because really, that's ultimately what we were there for.

Don't you just love spring?

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