Take the tofu challenge! AD Wagamama

Earlier in the week, we were treated to dinner in one of our favourite restaurants. In fact, I’d go so far to say it is Wilf’s favourite restaurant (the place he always chooses for celebratory meals and occasional take out) which definitely was a welcome outing in the middle of the half term break. We were invited by Wagamama to check out their new vegan options and in particular their vegan kids’ menu.

As a veggie family, I think our kids are pretty open to plant-based meals and we are trying to be more vegan at home when we can. That being said, I also think our kids are as fussy as the next and any parent will know that if they don’t want to eat or try something there is no convincing them! I was interested then to see that wagamama created a '30 things to try before you are 12’ challenge (or “Pad Try” as they are calling it ;)) and also to see if they would be adventurous to take the ‘tofu challenge’
Their vegan list has been carefully created working with Specialist Paediatric Dietitian Bahee Van de Bor. They aim to encourage children to go outside their food comfort zone. It has been carefully selected based on natural, unprocessed foods, with a focus on ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial for children on a plant-based diet . Wilf was thrilled to see his ‘usual’  mini yasai katsu curry and Mabli ordered the mini yasai cha han but before they came out our lovely waiter came along with the tofu!

I have to be honest neither kids were massive fans haha but at least they gave it a good try, and that’s the point, right? I always think if they are open to trying things then it doesn’t really matter if they love it or not, it’s just opening up options to broaden their pallets a bit. I remember being little and hating avocado, but every so often my parents would ask me to try it again and now I can’t get enough of it. Their actual meals were gobbled enough in no time at all and Tom ended up eating Mabli’s tofu (and so got a sticker ;))
One of the things that really makes a great dining experience for us (as well as great food obviously) is how child-friendly it is. I’ve got to admit both kids were in a kind of ‘spirited’ mood that day and having waiters that understand and are able to chat to kids and make everyone feel welcome is so appreciated.   Onto our food, I went for my usual (like mother like son, me and Wilf are stuck in our ways when it comes to our favourite dish) and had the vegan katsu curry. They also have this option with seitan which is equally as yummy as the butternut squash. Tom went for the 'Avant-garde Vegan' dish which came with a 'fake egg' made from miso-infused coconut and Sriracha Mayo. We also had the steamed buns because they are amazing and the 'bang-bang cauliflower' as sides. 
See what I mean by 'spirited'?
(this was Tom's mango + matcha layer cake)

Thanks so much to wagamama for the invite to try their brilliant new vegan kids menu. I think it's such an exciting time for anyone looking to become more 'plant-based'. Growing up as veggie in the 80's there wasn't any such thing as a veggie option let alone a vegan one so I'm thrilled that wagamama are really leading the way in this respect.

I'd defo recommend popping into your local branch to see what's on offer. What’s great is that there really is something for everyone, be it if you are veggie, vegan or just interested in trying something different. If you do get your kids to try the 'tofu challenge' let me know how they get on!

This post is in partnership with wagamama Photography by Lauren Jayne Hall

1 comment:

Lewisherelewisthere said...

I love Wagamamas! I usually go for a noodles based dish. But recently I’ve been trying out the vegan options too. I love trying new things but I can’t say tofu is one of my favourite things in the world.

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