In the diversely populated area of Bearwood, you'll see a number of shops targeted at cultural groups of the locals. Catering for the Islamic community Bearwood Halal Meat and Mini Market, at the top of the High Street sells traditional Asian produce at extremely value-for-money prices.
The Iranian general manager told me they prepare all of the meat in the traditional Islamic way (which includes praying over the meat in Urdu), ensuring 100% Halal meat.
Half of the meat on show is seasoned in traditional Asian spices, and the other half is plain, just like what you'd find at a regular butchers.
The shop doesn't just sell halal meat, however. As stated on the outdoor sign, the shop is a 'mini market', but as well as the typical convenience-store goods, on sale are country-specific goods.
Their fresh produce mostly comes from Asia. Golden mangoes (sold in boxes of four), are from Pakistan, which have a sweet quality, perfect for traditional Asian desserts. I have tried the mangoes and they are too-sweet for my liking, even though they are natural, they're a bit too much for me.
Fresh pitta bread, and traditional wraps are baked on-site (and readily packaged), so the shop is a fragrant mix of fresh bread, and Asian spices.
Dates and dried fruit comes from Turkey and Tehran, and they stock baklawa, which has a huge market in Lebanon, Egypt - and clearly the likes of Bearwood.
Unusually, but delightedly, are a collection of aromatherapy incense oils amongst the dried goods. 'Pineapple', 'rum', and 'rose' are among some of the scents, and when burned over a flame they smell surprisingly like the popular Arabic scent Oud.
Bearwood Halal Meat and Mini Market sells what it states at bargain prices. A pot of 500g yogurt costs a mere 39p, and the fruit and vegetables start from 10 pence. Brilliant really for the locals of Bearwood, and if you happen to be in the area, and hankering for some sweet mangoes.