Fantastic Japanese rice bowls at Oishi-Q

Finally I have some time to talk about this amazing discovery! Sometimes life (and events, and new menu launches) gets in the way and I need to push back articles about places I find organically, but now I finally have time to write about Oishi-Q: a hidden gem serving some of the yummiest Japanese rice bowls I’ve tried.

Japanese rice bowls, Oishi-Q. Manchester

Our lunch layout

We went in incredibly hungry and got (what I think was)Β a ton of food for less than Β£30. Initially I didn’t know what to expect for that price, but later I learned that we were getting the best bang for our buck, as bowls were overflowing with food (and flavour!).

We ordered two small plates and two main meals, here are my thoughts:

Japanese rice bowls, Oishi-Q. Manchester

Spicy Squid Rings: squid rings coated in spiced seasoning & drizzled with their homemade spicy Japanese mayonnaise sauce.

These squid rings were absolutely delicious. Crispy on the outside and seasoned perfectly, each ring was a bite full of yumminess. The best part? We had tons of them! Everything you order here, you’ll get loads, so no need to fight for that last bite of food if you’re sharing.

Japanese rice bowls, Oishi-Q. Manchester

Chicken Kara-age: Marinated Japanese fried chicken served with a mayonnaise dip

Another fried/crispy food you ask? Well, yes and I don’t regret it for a second. This fried chicken was so juicy and delicious, I could have had a bowl full of it. The mayonnaise dip was magic. I’m not sure what was in it but it was addictive and complemented the flavour of the chicken perfectly.

Japanese rice bowls, Oishi-Q. Manchester

Pork Katsu Curry Donburi

Another thing that I loved from Oishi-Q is that their dishes are highly customisable: you can pick what sauce you want for your dish, and then what kind of protein/meat, so you can forget that feeling of “oh, I wish they had this sauce with chicken” (I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had this thought!).Β 

Gabs decided to go for a curry dish with pork katsu and I tried a bit (just for food investigation purposes!). The pork was incredibly crispy, which I loved, and the curry was super tasty yet not spicy (which made me like it even more). He devoured every bite, so I can say it’s G approved πŸ˜‰

Japanese rice bowls, Oishi-Q. Manchester

Chicken Katsu Donburi with Katsu Sauce

Because I had no idea on what to get, I just checked their insta and picked what looked best to me. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome: this chicken katsu wasΒ so yummy and juicy, and the slaw gave the dish a twist in terms of texture that was incredibly unique. The katsu sauce was a whole other level of deliciousness. 10/10 would eat it again without a doubt!


We left feeling happy and stuffed. Overall, our experience was fantastic, to say the least. The food was great, the staff was nice and friendly, and our waiting time was super short (which is always great if you’re hangry as we were!). I was happy to learn that they’re on Deliveroo, as I think they have great prices and it’s perfect for those days when you don’t feel like going out.

Have you guys been to Oishi-Q? What are your thoughts? What’s your favourite dish?Share your recommendations in the comment section or let me know on social.Β You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

Now if you’d excuse me, I think I’ll get a rice bowl for myself. Looking at all these pictures made me hungry!





1 Comment

  1. June 14, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Oishi-q is one of my favourite places to eat! They give you big portions, they’re relatively cheap and the food’s just so good!

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