Eating out in Manchester

Wasabi Sushi and Noodle Bar, Manchester

What’s better than one sushi restaurant that’s affordable, fun and consistently delicious? Two! And Manchester’s lucky enough to have a delectable duo of its Wasabi sushi and noodle bars handily spaced out across the city centre. I first discovered the China Town branch when I moved to Manchester to start my first job four years ago. A five minute walk from work, it was perfect for lunchtimes when the generous plates are just £1 each.IMG_0613

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve returned to Wasabi since then – both in China Town and the Printworks. It’s become a firm favourite with many friends and it’s the first port of call every time my greedy sister visits. Alongside the well-stocked sushi belt there’s an extensive menu of cooked dishes, but I predictably go for one of two set menus – both priced at £8.95. The first is a choice of 6 sushi plates and miso soup, or you can go for 3 plates of sushi and one of 9 main courses (including katsu curry, teppanyaki noodles and ramen).

I’d recommend trying a bit of everything if you can – going with a friend is the key, as you can split the sushi plates and sample twice as many dishes! If you’re struggling to decide, here’s some of my favourites:

IMG_0614This king prawn and vegetable California roll is topped with a spicy chilli powder – just don’t add too much wasabi!IMG_0607IMG_0612

Edamame beans are a nutritious superfood and a nice light end to the meal if you’ve maxed out on riceIMG_0606

The katsu king prawn (top right) and tuna and sweetcorn (bottom left) nigiri are always first off the belt for us, perfect for dunking in some soy sauce and wasabiIMG_0610

There’s a long list of bubble tea flavours to try, but our favourite is the matcha green tea version, which is surprisingly refreshing after a hearty meal

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  1. This is the only place in Manchester where we get our Sushi now. The other main franchise’s quality and selection is disappointing! Wasabi has been fantastic, and have you tried their takeout boxes? Absolutely value for money! Hmmm I wanna have some now!

  2. Ohhh this looks fantastic and making me hungry. I love love sushi. Thanks for sharing this as I don’t know manchester well yet on the sushi front. I have new places to try out now. I am dying to do a restaurant review as we are always out in manchester trying new places. This looks amazing. Great recommendation.

  3. This looks so nice! My husband and I almost went to the Leeds branch last week – he wanted to go but I was unsure about a ‘chain’. We ended up with mediocre sushi somewhere else.. will definitely try this next time!