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High street eatery Wagamama has launched plant-based tuna made from dehydrated watermelon.

The vegan alternative to fish will only be available during Veganuary, but the chain says it will be added to the menu more permanently if popular.

Priced at £12.95, the Suika (meaning watermelon in Japanese) tuna steak is ‘dressed and seared in the wok’ – served with miso sesame wok-fried kale, tender stem broccoli, avocado edamame, tofu guacamole and pickled radish on sticky white rice.

The dish is then topped with crispy fried shallots, sesame seeds, fresh chili, and lime.

‘Tastes fantastic’

According to The Independent, Wagamama Executive Chef Steve Mangleshot said: “My team and I are always excited about creating new dishes, we love to innovate and make people think about the food they are eating.

“The watermelon tuna dish is all about innovation and creating exceptional vegan food for our guests. The joy of being able to produce really cool food that is both vegan and tastes fantastic at the same time is what it’s all about.”

Wagamama offers many plant-based dishes that feature on the chain’s permanent vegan menu, including Yasai Nikko Curry, Kare Burosu, and the Avant Gard’n – created by vegan chef Gaz Oakley.

You can sign up or find more about Veganuary here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.