As a break from some holiday shopping, I recently headed to Vapiano in Oxford Circus for some food and a glass of wine. It was also the perfect opportunity to test out my new camera!
I was wearing a Topshop dress and leggings.
The Vapiano concept is that the food is cooked in front of you. You go up to chef stations, where they offer pizza, pasta, bruschetta and antipasti. There's a separate bar for drinks.
We had the antipasti platter, bruschetta and olives with a glass of wine each. The bruschetta is amazingly good, the mozerella creamy and light and the whole thing was delicious.
For mains we got pasta. Penne with crayfish in a lobster sauce, and linguine with pesto, spinach and king prawns. Both were really really tasty and you could taste the freshness.
The only thing with this place is that it takes a long time. This is the third time I've been and I still can't shake the feeling that it doesn't quite work. When you go up to order you can't go together because you'll lose your table, but if you go seperately one person's food will go cold waiting. I don't know if it's because they can't handle the volume of customers but it all feels a bit difficult and like they don't have enough chefs. The food is sooo good but I'm torn!
I read some reviews online to see what other people thought, and generally people agree that when it's busy, the experience isn't as good. The chefs seem stressed, running around, and seating is an issue and the lines are not really worth the hassle. I read that in some of the other branches they have buzzers for the pizza and pasta and that would improve the experience 10 fold!
My suggestion: send someone to get the takeaway, go at quieter times, or just go for the bruschetta and some drinks.