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El Gato Negro

Spanish

Upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion, that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has created an indulgent, three-storey church to his passion for the best in Spanish food and wine with El Gato Negro. Top floor is a bar and dining, complete with retractable roof, fine wines, bespoke g&ts and cocktails, while wedged in the middle of the upmarket tapas bar on the ground floor is the restaurant proper, complete with open kitchen, exposed brick walls, comfy booths. Be warned however: there’s seldom a spare seat anywhere in the building. The menu moves slightly, according to where you sit too – so its roasted Valencia almonds at the bar and groaning dessert platters, replete with crème catalan, homemade ice creams and the signature Valrhona chocolate tart with spiced coffee syrup at the table. Must tries include Morcilla scotch eggs with mushroom duxelle, apple purée and aioli, mini Catalan chorizo with Aspall cider, chargrilled heritage carrots, aubergine purée, miso and walnut pesto and manchego, even better when eaten at the bar that overlooks Shaw and co in the open kitchen. Both sexy and moreish, this Spanish restaurant is far greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Good for vegetarians
  • Great wine
  • Fine dining or fancy
52 King Street, Manchester, UK
Tel: 0161 694 8585 www.elgatonegrotapas.com Our review Read 15.5/20

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