We came to Canto, which is a recent creation of Simon Shaw of El Gata Negro Tapas fame, on an unusually sunny Sunday Lunchtime In Manchester, for a meal, before going to the football at Old Trafford later that day.
You will find this younger sibling of Simon‘s, in the heart of Manchesters latest to be redeveloped neighbourhood, Ancoats, on Cutting Room Square.
It is quite a stunning, large space, with blue Portuguese tiles, which reminded me of a recent visit to Braga.
They use the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and from Europe creating small dishes, great for sharing.
Simon Shaw opened El Gato Negro Tapas in a empty former pub in Ripponden in 2005. With a view to good luck and a nod to a favourite old shop in Madrid, he named it El Gato Negro (Spanish for the black cat). Strangely, it later transpired the pub had been called the Black Cat many years before.
El Gato Negro’s move from the Pennine village of Ripponden to Manchester has proved a great success story. Simon, whose love of Spanish food was formed during earlier visits to the Basque country and Catalunya, whilst working for Havey Nic...