An authentic celebration of Catalan food and wine will launch in June on King Street, Manchester, with the opening of Tast Cuina Catalana, roughly translated as ‘Taste from the Catalan Kitchen.’
‘Tast’ will bring worldwide interest to the growing links between Manchester and Catalonia, bringing the talent of multi-Michelin star chef Paco Perez.Paco is the renowned international patron-chef of two Michelin 2* restaurants – Miramar, in Llançà, (Girona) and Enoteca at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, a city where he has six restaurants in all. He is also behind the Michelin 1* Restaurant Cinc at the Hotel Das Stue in Berlin.
Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, Ferran Soriano are among the investors in the restaurant. Acting in a personal capacity, the investors have teamed up with the independent Fazenda group, whose directors’ passion for South American cuisine has made their award-winning ‘rodizio’ grilled meat restaurants in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester (and recent Edinburgh opening) a tremendous popular success.
Tast will have 120-covers over three floors, with a casual dining and bar area on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room and a second floor with private rooms offering a tasting menu.
Despite Paco Perez’s record, Tast is not pursuing awards, but will simply create a warm, friendly and affordable atmosphere for anyone wishing to experience the best of Catalan food and drink.
Catalonia is renowned worldwide for its gastronomy. Geographically diverse, it produces a variety of fresh, high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables. The Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees are the perfect environments for unique produce, and its distinctive cuisine benefits from French and Spanish influences. The region produces some of the best old world wines with renowned D.O’s (Denominació d’Origen) including Penedès, Montsant, Empordà, Tarragona and Costers del Segre and one D.O.C (Denominació d’Origen Controlada), Priorat.
As well as serving traditional Catalan starters and mains, the Tast menu will offer ‘tastets’ – small portions and nibbles to savour and to share. Paco Perez says: “We are delighted to bring the Catalan cuisine to Manchester and to be part of the amazing team behind Tast.”
Tast Cuina Catalana, 20-22 King Street Manchester, M2 6AG