As a student, this place was rather amazing for the variety of foods you could buy in such large quantities at times. When you live in Rusholme or around the Rusholme area, you of course are exposed to the delights of asian/mediterranean cuisine first-hand and for those students who wish to try these delicacies at home, this is the place for the ingredients.
For day-to-day foods, I prefer LIDL/Tesco however for large quantity rice/cooking oils/asian cuisine, this place outdoes all the rest. 5-stars.
Definitely a place in my heart from my time in Manchester at uni.
Another shop that sounds like it's channeling 80's cartoon goodness, but actually offers a much more serious affair. When I say serious what I actually mean is fruit and veg really. During the day it looks like a little market with crates of them stacked outside, and within is a treasure trove of ethnic food and spices. If you're the sort of person who loves the traditional foods of other cultures, this is exactly the sort of place you'll love.
See my review of Ravi Food Store for more details.
This a great place to buy fresh and usually locally-grown produce along with essential herbs, spices, rice, and oils. It also gives you a chance to walk the aisles and ponder many of the foods that are exotic to most people in Manchester. If you enjoy cooking and you live in the Rusholme vicinity, you should do some of your food shopping here. They're open pretty late, too (until 10pm).
By shopping here, I also feel good because I know I am supporting a local business.
Wazi is a wicked name for a nice little corner shop on the curry mile. Daytime you can find the front adorned with fruit and veg (coconuts!) during the evening it's little up one stop shop. I like Wazi its boasts lots of character with its shelves full to brimming with foods and spices and the same lovely old staff behind the counter day in day out. A good corner shop.
Wazi is another of Rusholme's ethnic grocers, and although the range of goods stocked is obviously smaller than the big boys such as Worldwide and Meezan, this is still a worthwhile independent business that can hold up its head with pride. For starters, take a look at the range of fruit & veg and how fresh it all is (see photos)! Little and often is the way forward for fresh produce shopping, and this corner grocery store can fix you up with a bag of the fresh stuff and have you checked out in no time.
I walked out with a couple of large pomegranate, which I recommend as staying fresh and juicy inside their leathery skins for a long, long time - pack a couple of these in the saddlebag of your camel to keep you going to the next oasis. Alternatively, always keep a couple of pomegranates at the bottom of your fruit bowl for use in time of need. Wazi actually has some things I haven't seen elsewhere - sumac, which I understand is used to make the classic za'atar spice mix used throughout the Middle East - sprinkle za'atar on breads, tomato salad, or rub into the skin of food before roasting. Another random purchase, red melon seeds. These turn out to be a tasty roasted, salted snack, recommended! Didn't buy it, but might next time - date syrup in terracotta pots - £5 for a good-sized pot of a very funky sugar alternative to liven up your morning porridge. Or make a not-so-sweet cake and pour some date syrup over it before serving. All the usual dried goods are here - grains, pulses, spices - but they have some *extra* unusual stuff, such as a sack of betel nuts, and some spiky-skinned fruit the size and shape of a rugby ball.
The senior gent serving was friendly enough, and had no problem at all with me taking as many photos as I wished of his shop interior.
I'm noticing a lot of public health campaigns these days talking about how some people don't have access to fresh fruit and veg - basically, food poverty, with money, transport and the severely limited fruit and veg stocked by corner shops on peripheral housing schemes being implicated. I hope the people running these campaigns talk to stores like Wazi, as with a corner shop like this nearby achieving 5-a-day becomes so much easier!
While the jumbo tins of oil and 3 feet tall piles of juice cartons may make you think that this is just a wholesale cash and carry type place, it is well worth a visit to stock up on basics as well as more fresh items.
If you're a student, come here to buy your rice or pasta in bulk at the start of term - you know you'll need it. Also it is a good idea to buy oil, dried herbs and other cupboard essentials here for much much cheaper than any of the main supermarkets.
Being in Rusholme obviously means that they stock more exotic foods, which can be a bit overwhelming but definately worth a wander around, though who really knows when you'll need a "doody" or "rose petal spread" in your everyday cooking?!
Worth a visit, if only to get the basics, but they also do great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables, located at the back entrance of the store, which mean that anyone on a budget but still looking to hit their five a day should choose here to please both their wallet and their health.
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