IS there a hint of a new Spanish invasion in the air? And we don’t mean, Armada on the starboard side. Just further additions in the pipeline to a city and region well endowed with Iberian food champions (salivate over our Taste Top 10).
The endorsement of backer Pep Guardiola has already put projected Catalan restaurant Tast Cuina Catalana on the map (it will arrive on King Street this summer) and it’s an open secret than a second El Gato Negro may be heading for Ancoats around the same time.
Now comes news of a third tapas bar from Porta, which is to open in Bexley Square off Chapel Street, Salford this summer in a former turn of the century banking hall. Check @porta_alt for updates.
ToM is already huge fan of the Altrincham branch (above), which was shortlisted for both Casual Restaurant and Newcomer of the Year 2017. Two dishes that stick in the memory from our last visit are fried goat cheese with honey and orange and slow-cooked ox cheek with cumin seeds and pickled walnuts
The Greenwood Streetbar is owned by Joe and Ben Wright, who also run the Michelin Bib Gourmand Joseph Benjamin in Chester and the original branch of Porta next door.