Noodle Chain Rules London Dining Scene
Wagamama tops pricey competitors in new Zagat survey
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 3:44 PM CDT
Chef Gordon Ramsay's Chelsea restaurant was rated top food in Zagat's most recent London survey.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Wagamama, a chain of inexpensive Japanese-inspired noodle bars, is London’s most popular restaurant in the latest Zagat survey, the Telegraph reports. The low-key chain topped fine-dining establishments such as the Ivy and Gordon Ramsay for the top honor, which also takes price, atmosphere, and overall value into account. Ramsay’s eponymous establishment was named the best in the food category.

But even Wagamama’s pricey rivals are getting a little cheaper for visitors: Zagat ranks Paris and Tokyo as more expensive cities to eat in than London. The British economy and flagging pound have reduced the average cost of a meal out to $71.02, against $79.10 in Paris and $73.24 in Tokyo.