Acclaimed tapas restaurant, El Gato Negro, has confirmed that the doors to its Manchester home at 52 King Street will officially open on the 22nd of February 2016 and we are eagerly awaiting their arrival here at House of Coco.
Set across three distinct floors, El Gato Negro will incorporate areas for al fresco all-season eating and drinking, as well as an open finishing kitchen where diners will experience the theatre and thrill of tapas in a Spanish style.
A casual drinking and dining space unfolds at street level with a relaxed bar area and charcuterie counter serving a thoughtfully selected range of Spain’s best cheese and cured meats.
The restaurant’s first floor provides the perfect environment for longer dining experiences. Here, a live charcoal Josper oven will command its own section of the menu, featuring some of Simon Shaw’s favourite dishes, such as onglet steak with patatas a lo pobre and whole rack of baby pork ribs with Pedro Ximénez glaze.
The Black Cat at El Gato Negro, a dedicated cocktail bar at the top of the building will provide a relaxed setting with a retractable roof, which opens to reveal the Manchester sky. Headed up by Garry Foy (formerly Elixir) the bar will serve a distinctive Spanish-inspired menu including some playful takes on classics. The drinks offering will feature both premium local produce and a select range of Spanish wines and sherry.
Chef Patron and founder Simon Shaw said of the restaurant’s offering, “Tapas is more than small plates; it’s a mode of dining that is both refined and relaxed, savouring produce and flavours we know and love, as well as unearthing new favourites. With El Gato Negro Manchester, we explore a menu of new and old Spanish flavours and techniques alongside some of the country’s best wines and a new bar offering in a heritage city venue.
“We’ve taken care to make this a venue that will appeal to those looking to drop by for half an hour over a selection of tapas and a glass of wine or sherry, as much as it will for those taking time to enjoy a bigger occasion. We’re very much looking forward to opening our doors.”
In advance of the official opening, the restaurant is offering a soft launch promotion on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February. Dining enthusiasts eager to be amongst the first to experience the new restaurant are invited to register interest by signing up to the newsletter via their website. Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis and these days will be reservation only.
El Gato Negro is renowned for seasonally-inspired dishes reflecting a mix of modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques with influences from closer to home.
El Gato Negro Manchester is a partnership between Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments Ltd.