The Wasabi Dessert Room is an amazing dessert room for Chinese desserts. They are located inside two of the three Wasabi Sushi Restaurants in Manchester: China Town (Faulkner Street) and the Quadrangle (Hulme Street), with the latter only serving cold desserts.
This review is about the China Town branch. To get there, once inside the sushi restaurant, simply indicate to the staff that you wish to go to the dessert room, then walk up the flight of stairs in front of you. Note that the Wasabi chain in Manchester is unique to the area and not associated with Wasabi Sushi & Bento.
Wasabi Dessert Room interior
The interior is quite bright and cheerful with pictures of the desserts along one bright pink wall. I do find the assortment of furniture a bit odd with it largely being stools and tables, then a random sofa at the back. The stools aren’t really that comfortable to sit on but the atmosphere is generally welcoming.
Ryo: This place always reminds me of East Asia, whether that being HK, Seoul, Taipei or Tokyo… not sure why, though it could because of the K-pop music on the background. It does feel slightly dingy, with no natural lights but like Elsa said, the atmosphere is generally welcoming.
I really like the menu at the Wasabi Dessert Room as they serve a varied assortment of Chinese desserts that I grew up on and more. My favourites are the snow ices and the tofu dessert, the latter of which can be served either hot or cold, with original or ginger syrup. I would not recommend the ice cream mochi as they are really small for the price you are paying.
Ryo: I think this might be the first place I had snow ice in Britain and the quality is always good – very authentic. It might seem a bit expensive (snow ice is around £4) but the portion is huge so it’s well worth the money. I also quite like the western desserts in here. Waffles are made to order and hot chocolate pudding is is very rich and gooey. Though I second that the ice cream mochi is expensive for what it is. Just walk across the Chinese Supermarket and you will get exactly the same one – but a box of 6 instead of just one.
We usually order the black sesame and almond snow ice to share as it’s our favourite at the Wasabi Dessert Room, but on this visit we wanted something more refreshing so opted for the blueberry snow ice. We were not disappointed! It was wonderfully fruity and light and I really like the accompaniments.
Ryo: Snow Ice in here never disappoints! For people who don’t know what snow ice is – it’s a cross between sorbet, shaved ice and ice cream. It feels creamier than sorbet but much lighter than ice cream. You can really taste the fruits (or sesame/green tea) in the ice and it doesn’t taste artificial. The accompaniments are also very interesting – it shows a bit of Yin and Yang philosophy. If you order green tea snow ice, then you are more likely to get some red bean on the side. So, you mix something bitter and pallet-cleansing (green tea) with sweet and nutty (red beans). With more fruit based snow ice like blueberry, you will have some rice cakes to give you a chewy texture and more wholesome flavour. Honestly, it is amazing especially in hot weather or when you need something light after a heavy meal.
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Overall rating and comments
9/10 -1 for the interior. I really, really like this place for dessert as it’s unique and has a lot of my childhood favourites.
Ryo: 9/10 – same as Elsa, -1 for the interior as it does feel a bit dingy. But other than that, I can’t fault this place at all!
Would visit again?
YES!! A thousand times, yes! The Wasabi Dessert Room is one of my favourite places to visit in Manchester!
Ryo: Always! This is one of my favourite desserts places in Manchester and for a reason!
Address: 63 Faulkner Street, Manchester, M1 4FF
Other branches: The Quadrangle, Hulme Street, Manchester, M1 5GL (no hot desserts)
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