El Gato Negro, one of the city’s most beloved restaurants, has been crowned one of the top two Manchester restaurants at this week’s National Restaurant Awards.
The brilliant tapas venue debuted in the Top 100 just three months after opening in 2016, and has slowly been moving further up the list since. Moving from 81 to 78, it is one of only two Manchester restaurants to be listed, alongside Hispi in Didsbury.
Praise for El Gato Negro’s food and drink offer is not limited to industry experts and us here at Finest. Since opening in February of last year, El Gato Negro has enjoyed significant success. This unprecedented demand has forced an expansion to create a further 40 covers, as well as an introdcution of a ‘rapido’ lunch menu for diners tight on time.
It’s also true that good food works even better when paired with a good drink and so many have gone out of their way to sample El Gato Negro’s extensive drinks menu including specialist gins, cocktails and sherry. A top floor restaurant complete with retractable roof has also been opened for private hire.
Speaking on the restaurant’s success, Chef Patron Simon Shaw said: “It’s been quite a journey over the past year and the success we’ve enjoyed so far has been nothing short of phenomenal. As a restaurateur, you have to gain a trust with your customers and I’m continuously blown away by the demand to dine here.
“Now the challenge is to keep the menu fresh and the specials exciting. We have no plans to sit back on our laurels thinking we’ve made it. This is just the start of an amazing journey.”
El Gato Negro, 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY
0161 694 8585