QWERTY for eating

I recently noticed that Wagamama had opened a new restaurant in Manhattan, so I wanted to check it out. It’s a Japanese restaurant chain from the UK that is popular for communal dining on long tables, with decent food and decent prices. I love the concept, and I went many times while I lived in London.

I was curious to find out if NYC would actually have communal tables at their Wagamamas. Americans don’t enjoy communal space. They tend to be quite individualistic with protecting what is “theirs” – from lofty ideas like constitutional rights all the way down to their own personal space.

Unfortunately (but as expected) the dining room was mostly surrounded by dining booths, just like every other chain in the country. As a token effort, they did have a few long, communal tables in the center of the room. They tried to seat me in my own booth (which I saw as a gross waste of space) but I managed to invite myself onto a long table instead. It wasn’t busy yet so there was only one couple eating near me, and sure enough, within 3 minutes of me sitting down, they had asked to be moved to a private booth. They had to halt their conversation and their meals and everything, to make the move. I guess they only enjoyed the long table concept when it was all theirs.

Not to be deterred, I ordered an “Avante-Gard’n” vegan bowl meal (because being vegan is so hot right now) and a Japanese beer which I hadn’t seen before (because I follow the cult of the new). My bowl was wonderful, with a variety of textures and tastes, and surprisingly filling to boot. The only difficulty was getting the individual beans and rice grains into my pie-hole. I’m good with the ol’ ‘sticks, but it’s hard work trying to eat your fill when you have to pick up grains of rice one at a time. I have this theory that Asians are skinny because they use chopsticks. At chopstick speed, it would probably take 16 hours to reach the recommended 2,000 calories a day. Chopsticks are the QWERTY keyboards of eating devices – intentionally the most inefficient method possible. Yes, billions of people can be wrong. Sorry, Asia.

Why Asians use chopsticks – http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/12/asian-nations-use-chopsticks/

A review of the avante-garde vegan bowl – https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-egg-dish-gaz-oakleys-avant-garden-wagamama/

2 Responses to “QWERTY for eating”
  1. sherine says:

    I will be the first one to dispute chopsticks as a
    with weight loss mechanism seeing I seem to be able to shovel a whole heap of food into my pie hole at great volume and speed. That’s also prob where you are going wrong – don’t pick
    the rice, shovel it :)

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