Image © Evuna Deansgate via Facebook

Where to Eat: Tapas in Manchester

Maisy Farren

Enjoying a staycation this summer? Enjoy some Spanish cuisine without leaving Manchester 

Spotlight On: Evuna 
277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW
79 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1LQ

If tapas and quality Spanish wine sounds like a great night out, then look no further than Evuna. Their flagship on Deansgate has been open since 2002 and was originally a boutique wine shop. They still boast Spanish wine tasting evenings and expert food and wine pairing, but their tapas are also second to none. Whilst they now have four restaurants (Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Altrincham and Knutsford), be under no impression that this is a chain. Each of their restaurants operates under the watchful eye of an expert head chef, who creates wonderful specials that celebrate Spanish flavour, whilst cooking everything fresh and using local produce. On Deansgate their signature dish is a seabass baked in rock salt, ceremoniously filleted at your table. Other tapas highlights include Pulpo a feira (octopus with potatoes and paprika), Carrillada de Cerdo (Iberian pork cheeks) and Croquetas de Jamon (Serrano ham croquets). Like any good tapas restaurant they laso serve huge sharing portions of Paella and stunning Patatas Bravas. The food menu is different in each of their locations, so check out their online menus before you book. 
Sticking to their roots, the restaurant offers a wide range of fine wines. Their wines are exported from family run Spanish vineyards and bodegas, selecting bottles with the highest classification in Spain. Reminisce on your Mediterranean holidays of years gone by with a bottle that’ll take you back, then join Evuna’s wine club and have the same bottles delivered straight to your door. Don’t know what to go for? Ask your waiter to pair food and wine to get the optimal dining experience, or if in doubt order a litre of sangria! 

Image credit: Ibérica Restaurants via Facebook 
Best of the rest: 
14-15 The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3HF
What? Tapas place with two outdoor terrace areas for dining in the sun (when it comes out, one week a year.) 
Where? In the heart of Spinningfields. 
Why? The perfect spot for pretending you’re anywhere but Manchester in the middle of summer. Iberica offers a huge traditional tapas menu, as well as even smaller dishes to be nibbled on at the bar. You can also enjoy craft Spanish gin from a variety of regions! 

Bar San Juan 
56 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EG 
What? Tapas from all the regions of Spain with unique Bar San Juan variations.  
Where? This little pocket of Spain can be found outside the city centre, in Chorlton. 
Why? Encapsulating the casual dining of the Med, this restaurant stays open until late and doesn’t take bookings. The result is a first come first served, laid back service, that puts good food and wine at the centre of service. 

La Bandera 
2 Ridgefield, Manchester, M2 6EQ
What? Contemporary Spanish restaurant with a large bar area for enjoying large drinks. 
Where? Just off Deansgate. 
Why? Luxury Spanish cuisine ceated with local produce and incredible Iberian dishes. Splash out on date night with their luxury seven course tasting menu (£45 without wine, £70 with wine per course) and enjoy discovering something new and delicious. 

El Gato Negro 
52 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LY 
What? Three-storey award-winning tapas restaurant and cocktail bar.
Where? In a converted townhouse on Manchester’s iconic King Street. 
Why? Enjoy a snack in their bar whilst enjoying a luxury cocktail, before heading up to the restaurant or terrace with retractable roof for expertly cooked fresh Spanish dishes. Highlight? The Morcilla (black pudding) scotch egg with apple puree and aioli and the Catalan fish stew

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