Wagamama, the restaurant chain focused on Japanese cuisine, is the latest eating house in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square which is slowing evolving into the city’s dining quarter.
The Refinery, owned by Drake & Morgan, and Dishoom, chose to open their first units outside London in neighbouring units in the new development owned by Standard Life Investments.
More will open nearby in The Registers currently being re-constructed around a former banking hall, adding to the existing Cafe Royal and Harvey Nichols.
Guests from local businesses were invited to join a launch party for Wagamama’s third restaurant in Edinburgh.
“There is a great buzz around here with other places due to open which will be good for business,” said Birmingham-born co-manager David Wilkins.
He has moved from Manchester to run the outlet with Jenny Hilley from Glasgow.
Wagamama was launched in the UK in 1992 and its other restaurants in Edinburgh are in Lothian Road and Ocean Terminal.
The St Andrew Square unit is on two levels and has 198 covers, including 20 outdoor, and employs 70 staff on rolling shifts. It has a series of cooking stations – wok, ramen, teppan and fry – along one wall which are visible to diners.
The menu is the familiar mix of fish and meat dishes complemented by a new craft beer collection, Kansho and Kikku, brewed in London and flavoured with either ginger and lime or a spice with a bit of a kick.
Wagamama opens on Monday 10 April.
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