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, shopping or when cooking is 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.
Lunch, with sushi plates from £1.20, along with set menus are some great bargain options. For £ 10.95 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 extensive 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 two branches of Wasabi – one at the Printworks and the original in Chinatown. Whichever one you hit, your pockets, friends and stomach will thank you every time.