The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, meaning “to cover”. Some say tapas got its name because back in the day Spaniards used to cover their drinks with small plates to stop the flies.
I’d say it’s because tapas has something for everyone. It’s the one stop shop for fussy eaters everywhere.
In honour of these deliciously tiny trays, I’ve whipped up a list of the tastiest tapas in Manchester.
Let’s dig in.
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El Gato Negro
El Gato Negro has more awards than Titanic at the 1997 Oscars ceremony. The Michelin Bib Gourmand. The Estrella Damm Star.
Sensational seasonal dishes are the cornerstone of El Gato Negro. Delicious short racks of ribs that fall off the bone. Faultless braised ox cheek with nippy horseradish mash, baby onions, button mushrooms and pancetta. Tangy tangerine cheesecake with creamy milk chocolate crémeux. You’ll find something to delight anyone here.
El Gato Negro really encapsulates the friendliness that I have come to expect from dining in Manchester. But like a good tapas Menu, you’ll find diversity nestled amongst the simplicity. The Black Cat cocktail bar adds an air of sophistication and the open top roof restaurant is perfect for extra intimacy.
Quintessentially Spanish. El Gato Negro is a must for fans of tapas.
Starting life as a wine bar, Evuna, has since evolved into one of best Tapas restaurants in Manchester.
A very amicable £10.99 lunch menu was first on my list. On it you can find the basics of Tapas. Chorizo in red wine, Patatas bravas and delicious slow cooked, pulled chicken. Sounds like nothing special? You’d be wrong.
Evuna revolutionises the usual suspects by injecting a modest amount of personality.
The chorizo is transformed with one of their own, handpicked, aromatic reds.
Not forgetting it’s wine tasting roots, Evuna provides regular wine and food tasting events that distinguish itself from the rabble of mediocre Tapas in Manchester. Spanish dining is not only about the food, it’s about the experience around it. Evuna holds this value at it’s heart and it shines through.
One thing is for certain, one visit to Evuna and you won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BB – Tel: 0161 413 3317
Lunya is split over two floors. The bottom being a Deli stocked with meat from the bone, fine cheeses and the ingredients Spain don’t want you to know about, and the first floor being a warm, open plan kitchen/dining area combo.
Bringing something new to the mix, Lunya is also the largest stocker of Spanish Gin in Manchester. They’ll even provide curved glasses which help capture the aromas of the gin which helps you to nose it. If you’re not sure you want to nose anything then I’m sure you’d be happy to know you can expect something crisp and intensely fresh.
Not stopping there, Lunya innovates on many traditional dishes. They pride themselves on offering the hottest Catalan dishes from the heartland of Spain.
Enjoy their signature Catalan Hotpot: A heart-warming synergy of meat and vegetables perfect for cold Manchester days. Betty, eat your heart out.
That’s that. The tastiest tapas in Manchester.
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