Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Rice Wine Shop, London

A hidden gem packed full of Japanese groceries

17 Air Street
W1B 5
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Image: Yelp

Before doing research for my trip Japanese-themed trip to London I was completely unaware of the existence of this little gem. Just a short walk from the Japan Centre and Mitsukoshi this small shop is packed full of Japanese groceries and treats and was much quieter than the very busy Japan Centre shop. The shelves are packed with noodles, sauces, condiments, canned foods, snacks and drinks. Many of the goods on offer can be found in other oriental supermarkets but as the Rice Wine Shop specialises in only Japanese food there are also less common items to be found. On my visit I spotted umeboshi, a good selection of different Japanese beers and, my personal favourite, chilled cans of umeshu soda which I haven't seen on sale in the UK before. Lugging two cans around London for the rest of the day was a bit tiresome but it was certainly worth it when I enjoyed them after a long day at work later in the week. Like most of the places that I visited in London, all the staff at the Rice Wine Shop seemed to be Japanese so you can practice your language skills while you shop.

Examples of products for sale:
Various types of rice including microwaveable cooked rice
Miso pastes
Sushi and other prepared foods
Sauces, vinegars and seasonings
Various seaweeds
Pickles including umeboshi
Beers, sake and umeshu
Sweets and snacks

Opening Times:
Mon - Sat: 10am ~ 10pm
Sun: 12pm ~ 9pm

Shop Online? No
Japanese-Speaking Staff? Yes


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