Oh Wasabi! The card up my sleeve when I have friends or relatives visiting and need somewhere central to eat well, cheaply and in a quirky setting. In fact, why wait for visitors – I often pop in on weekday nights, at weekends in between films, gigs or shopping or when cooking seems like too much effort.
Wasabi has a shed-load of selling points, mainly these are the cheap but quality convenient food served promptly in a kitsch Japanese setting of conveyor belts, colourful decor and the latest J-pop.
Set menus are Wasabi’s most popular option and for £ 9.95 you can have either six plates of sushi and miso soup or three plates of sushi and a traditional Japanese ramen, rice or noodle dish.
The more intriguing a la carte menu offers over 40 starters and classics such as sashimi served in small wooden boats, tofu with bonito flakes and gyoza.
Wasabi is one of the only places in Manchester to get decent Umeshu, or Japanese plum wine, by the glass and bottles of sake are on the menu for those who want to stay for longer and watch the sushi trundle by.
There are three branches of Wasabi in the city centre and queues sometimes accumulate on Fridays and Saturdays at the original Chinatown restaurant, but they tend to go down quickly.