Review on Canto

Canto, a Portuguese restaurant is the second outing from the team behind the award winning El Gato Negro, located in the historic Ancoats area of Manchester which has been part of a substantial investment and regeneration programme. Taking its name from the Portuguese word meaning corner, it occupies a prime corner site on Henry Street and Blossom Street on the ground floor of the Fairburn building.

The interiors have been created by Mark Mason Design paying homage to Portuguese traditions and cultures, a light and airy space with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the cobbles of Cutting Room Square. An open kitchen decorated with traditional blue and white azulejo tiles is set at the back of the room and there's a feature wall made entirely from cork imported from Alentejo. High ceilings with exposed wooden beams, concrete and distressed furniture reflect Ancoat's industrial heritage.

Showcasing traditional Portuguese dishes with modern influences, the kitchen sends out tapas-sized plates known as petiscos in Portugal, alongside larger dishes designed for sharing. For meat fans there's Ibérico pork steak served on caco bread or maybe braised pig's cheeks, chestnuts and Jerusalem artichokes purée. For those who prefer fish there's octopus, roasted potatoes, garlic and pickled onions or salt cod and onion tempura with tomato broth. To finish on a sweet note choose a handmade custard tart or poached pears in red wine.

To complement the food there's Portuguese wines and locally brewed craft beers.

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Carlos Gomes

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: All day from 11.00am Sat & Sun
Lunch: 4.00pm through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Tue-Thu (11.00pm Sun & 12.00am Fri & Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Canto

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • 110 covers


Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building
Henry Street (entrance Blossom Street)
Greater Manchester
M4 5DH

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