Review on El Gato Negro Tapas Bar
Chef Simon Shaw has yo-yoed his way between the north and the metropolis, and cemented his reputation while running the kitchen of Harvey Nichol's Fifth Floor in Knightsbridge. In 2016 he moved the restaurant to Manchester where it is laid out over three floors featuring a charcuterie bar, open kitchen and a Black Cat cocktail bar complete with retractable roof.
Some ingredients are sourced direct from Spain, the rest comes from Brindisa in London, and the menu offers a range of charcuterie (including acorn-fed Iberico ham), bread, cheeses and a wide selection of meat, fish and vegetarian tapas: graze your way through confit of belly pork with rosemary-flavoured arroncia beans, scallops with mini Catalan chorizo and chick pea purée, marinated salt cod with piquillo peppers, spinach and mushroom croquetas or Syrian-style lentils with vegetables and cumin (a great favourite). Also, try the assortment of regional Spanish cheeses with figs, almonds and quince paste.
For a real bargain, it's definitely worth enquiring about the special, all-in 'deal for two' involving six tapas and a bottle of wine. Note that opening hours may vary during the winter months.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 11.30am (11.00am Sat & Sun) through until
Dinner: 10.00pm (11.00pm Fri & Sat) (9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card