• El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

52 King St


M2 4LY

0161 694 8585


Chef Patron Simon Shaw's contemporary take on Spanish tapas made a triumphant arrival in 2017 and it remains the only Manchester city centre restaurant to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2021 - an accolade it has held for five consecutive years. 

All the vital Spanish ingredients are there – starting with the cured meats downstairs carved to order on a butcher’s block. You'll also find nibbles such as padron peppers with Halen Môn sea salt or Bikini: toasted sandwich with jamón serrano, Manchego and truffle butter - perfect along a sherry at the long wooden bar Barrafina-style. 

The middle floor is a 50-cover sit-down restaurant offering all the theatre of an open kitchen centred around a Josper charcoal grill. Grilled meats and fish are a huge draw – the likes of onglet steak with patatas a lo pobre and rack of baby pork ribs with Pedro Ximénez glaze. The top floor bar with its retractable roof can be a real sun trap. 

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