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Review: The Levenshulme Food Market

This weekly fixture is sure to become a staple of your lunch breaks

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Levenshulme Market initially started off as a community run weekend enterprise, but due to its overwhelming success it has now expanded and also operates on a Tuesday at the University of Manchester.

The dishes change weekly as vendors rotate, and you can be sure to sample a wide variety of different cuisines every time you visit. The market features an eclectic mix of flavours from Middle Eastern, Mexican, Eastern European and Belgian stalls, plus many, many more.

As a regular market customer, I finally decided to review a range of the food to give readers an insight into what’s on offer. Stay tuned for next week’s article for further food for thought on more market meal magic.

The Ottö-Men

Serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes at reasonable prices, you can see why this stall is a hit with both students and staff. The stall allows shoppers to choose from a number of ingredients to personalise your box. Having tried their Middle Eastern box before, I opted for the falafel wrap. Like the box, you can choose what you would like in your wrap — including harrissa dressing, tahini dressing, pickles, and hummus — all of which looked visually stunning as well as delicious. The wrap itself was huge and tasted amazing!

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Viva La Toastie 

Viva La Toastie serve sarnies that taste as good as they look! Drenched in butter and oozing a secret “3 cheese blend”, these may not be suitable for those watching their weight but nonetheless they are an absolute joy to eat. I opted for the chicken and pesto toastie which I cannot recommend enough.

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Nasi Lemak 

I took my vegan friend along to the market and she tried Nasi Lemak’s vegan jackfruit curry. The smells emanating from this Malaysian street food stall were incredible and the menu consisted of a wide range of both vegetarian and vegan dishes. The dish itself was spicy, fragrant, and very filling!

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Photo: Daisy Tolcher

Overall, I would try all of these dishes again but the stand out for me has to be Viva La Toastie. You’ve never tasted a toastie as good as this before, so make sure you get yourself down to Levenshulme Market and tuck in!

You can find the market on Tuesdays between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm, on Bridgeford Street M15 6FH, just off of Oxford Road next to the museum.