survey result

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The best tapas around” (“salt cod croquetas are little spheres of happiness!”) and “quality wines” (“there’s always a new one to try”) help fuel the “great buzz” at Simon Shaw’s multi-level townhouse: nowadays the city’s most commented-on destination in our annual diners survey. It’s a “charming” place, but one that’s also often recommended for a vibey business meeting.

Summary

£46
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deservedly Manchester’s top destination” – this “vibrant” operation (which made the move into town from Ripponden three years ago) delivers a superb all-round experience. “It’s the buzzing ambience of this multi-level townhouse and the great cocktails that really seal its appeal” though: “their sherry-tinged takes on an Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini make for a heady evening and the bar operation is slick, further boosting the vibe”. Quibbles? – service under pressure can be “slightly chaotic”. And although many diners say the tapas “is to die for”, one or two reporters feel its repertoire is “classic” rather than utterly inspirational.

Summary

£46
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deservedly Manchester’s top destination” – this “vibrant” operation (which made the move into town from Ripponden three years ago) delivers a superb all-round experience. “It’s the buzzing ambience of this multi-level townhouse and the great cocktails that really seal its appeal” though: “their sherry-tinged takes on an Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini make for a heady evening and the bar operation is slick, further boosting the vibe”. Quibbles? – service under pressure can be “slightly chaotic”. And although many diners say the tapas “is to die for”, one or two reporters feel its repertoire is “classic” rather than utterly inspirational.

Summary

£47
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still smashing it” – this “throbbing and bustling” operation remains the most commented-on place in town, and “feels like it’s been around for years” even though it only made the move from Ripponden two years ago. The “stylish and splendid” interior “shows what a big budget will deliver, and the buzzy atmosphere is ensured by the droves of customers”. On the menu: “Spanish small plates with a North African influence”, which provide “an excellent tapas feast – not quite the magical heights that modern tapas can sometimes soar too, but terrifically good nevertheless”. “If you’re lucky enough to get a table on the open-roofed top floor on a pleasant evening you’re in for a treat”.

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El Gato Negro Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of El Gato Negro Restaurant in M2, Manchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of El Gato Negro restaurant.
Jonathan B
Two recent visits left a strong impression....
Reviewed 2 months, 23 days ago

"Two recent visits left a strong impression. We tried thirteen of the tapas available on the current menu and we certainly weren't unlucky with our choices. The cauliflower and the sweet potato dishes were sublime - even to a carnivore like me - and the croquettas of both salt cod and jamon also left very strong impressions. In fact, only one dish, the prawns, failed to impress. Clever wine list at very fair prices, great, knowledgeable staff. Cocktails a bit slow arriving on one occasion. Love the opening roof on the second floor."

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Gavin B
Still great Tapas and wonderful atmosphere....
Reviewed 5 months, 25 days ago

"Still great Tapas and wonderful atmosphere. Hard to criticise - everything is done really well"

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Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£10.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
52 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LY
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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