One of the dishes served at La Bandera - one of the top Spanish restaurants in Manchester city centre.
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La Bandera


La Bandera, an upmarket Spanish restaurant tucked away just off St Ann’s Square, is the definition of a hidden gem.

A firm favourite of the city’s football-playing fraternity, the menu could include lubina a la bilbaina (seabass with garlic, chilli and Mediterranean vegetables), gambas al ajillo (king prawns with garlic and parsley), twice-cooked Galician octopus with a pungent mojo rojo (a garlic and paprika sauce, typical of the Canary Islands), squid croquetas (with ink) and slow cooked Iberian pig cheeks with Pedro Ximenez sauce and garlic cream.┬áLa Bandera is among the city’s leading lights when it comes to excellent Spanish food.

There’s a short, Spanish wine list, highlights of which include vintage fino sherries and northern Spanish blends.

The interior is the only Marmite factor: everything is yellow and shiny. It’s a real contrast in tone to the food which references the pintxos bars of San Sebastian and Bilbao in a pricey and authentic manner.

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