Brisvegas – Wagaya

Guided only by Google maps and Urbanspoon, we finally find Wagaya nestled upstairs in the Fortitude Valley district. With already a long wall of waiting patrons, I optimistically asked if there was a table for two available with no booking, the wait was going to be 45 minutes (this was at 8pm), but with ratings so high and not knowing where else to eat I was willing to wait. Timmy and I headed down stairs to Venice to kill time and indulged in what was the most heavenly gelato I’ve had in a long time.

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I smile like I’ve just won a raffle as they call me to say that my table was ready, we are lead to a booth and the waitress walks away like we know what we are doing. I was super impressed with their computerised ordering system but there are no room for errors, once you confirm there is no heading back and they have started making it. It is fun and novelty to watch the status of your food go from being made, to being delivered and then at your table.

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I went a bit crazy with the ordering because it was so much fun to browse through their menu and I wanted to try a bit of everything.

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Vegetable tempura ($8.90). To be served hot, crispy and not overly oily is an art form that they have got down pat.

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Spicy chicken wing ($6.50). Readers may know that I have thing for chicken wings but these were truly delicious.

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Scallop and garlic fried rice ($11.50). At first I wasn’t too excited about this but when I found the crispy rice stuck to the bottom my eyes lit up. The heavy weight bowl allows the rice to retain its heat.

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Homemade gyoza ($7.90). Nothing too special but it was served hot and crispy.

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Wagaya Shio ramen ($9.50). Scrumptous ramen with a thick heavy soup base and yummy pork. I would say it needed more pork if I was to nit pick.

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Rainbow roll ($10.90). Fresh sushi with a drizzle of mayo, I didn’t think I could finish it but I did. image

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Creme brulee and ice-cream ($7.50). I thought since everything was so amazing and tasty, I pushed my luck by ordering dessert. It was the most disgusting creme brulee I’ve had at a restaurant. The cream was weird, the ice cream had a terrible ‘hairy’ texture, there was no hard toffee top and the custard lacked any egg or custard flavour.

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Despite the dessert, everything was amazing and it was the best fun meal I’ve had in a long time. Wagaya is very popular and busy, it is best to book ahead and avoid disappointment/wait.

Venue: Wagaya

Address315 Brunswick St Level1 Tcb Centre, Fortitude Valley, QLD 

Phone: (07) 3252 8888

Wagaya on Urbanspoon

Brisvegas – The Bun Mobile Food Truck

Not knowing exactly where I was going, I got in a taxi and in true dramatic Hollywood style followed The Bun Mobile Food Truck. They have a location calendar on their website, so today we were headed off to Brisbane West End.

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I couldn’t help myself, if Tim was ordering chicken there was no way I could choose between Wagyu and pork. The buns were extremely soft and all the greens were very fresh.

The Wagyu bunslow cooked Wagyu beef, butter lettuce, soy pickled shitake mushrooms and red dragon sauce ($8.00). The meat was soft and tender but I felt that there were tpo many elements to the bun that overwhelmed the taste.

The pork bun twice cooked pork, hoisin sauce, sakura pickled cucumber and shallot batons ($8.00). They put too much hoisin sauce in the bun, which made it too similar to a heavily sauced peking duck pancake. If they eased up on the sauce it would be ok, but the pork was very tender.

The chicken bun – char grilled teriyaki chicken, slaw with julienne carrot and mint, Japanese mayo and hoisin sauce ($8.00). I’m not the biggest chicken fan (unless it’s wings) but I would have to say that this was the tastiest bun out of the three.

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They have the three standard buns (pork, Wagyu and chicken) but they also had two specials, by streamlining their small menu allows a short waiting time for getting your meal. It was a really hot day when I had this so I wasn’t particularly ravenous and after nibbling and sharing three buns we were stuffed.

A nice concept to have delicious ‘Asian burgers’ on wheels to expand their market, I wish they’d drive down to Canberra though. image

Venue: The bun Mobile Food Truck

Address: Location varies in Brisbane CBD

Website: http://www.thebunmobile.com.au/

Phone: 0401 420 922

The Bun Mobile Food Truck on Urbanspoon