There’s no shortage of great weekend brunch spots in Manchester – or Sunday roasts, for that matter. But now, El Gato Negro‘s brand new brunch and lunch menus mean you can spend your Sunday feasting Spanish-style.
Served from midday, the new menu sees classic brunch dishes served with a Spanish twist – think wild mushrooms on toasted Catalan bread with truffle butter and Pedro Ximénez sherry reduction, or charred tenderstem broccoli with ajo blanco dressing, grapes and toasted almonds.
There will also be a chorizo and piquillo pepper hash with fried egg, parsley and garlic, and Tombet – a Majorcan ratatouille with poached egg, Manchego, oregano and basil. Dishes are priced between £6 and £8.50.
“I’m a massive fan of brunch, it’s a real social occasion, whether it’s pre-planned or enjoyed on the hoof,” says head chef Antony Shirley, who is originally from Stockport and began his career at Nutters Restaurant.
“As a chef it is however one of the hardest occasions to cater for, especially if you’re looking to introduce something a little different. You need to satisfy both breakfast and lunch cravings, and then of course everyone’s got their own personal taste.
“It’s the type of challenge I like.”
In a further first for the award-winning King Street restaurant, diners can now also enjoy a signature Spanish inspired Sunday roast.
A roast sirloin of beef comes with quince glazed carrots, cauliflower cheese made with Spanish Manchego, potatoes roasted with jamón serrano butter, tenderstem broccoli and a boozy Rioja wine sauce. It’s priced at £18.50.
The new dishes are accompanied by El Gato Negro’s classic small plates, including chargrilled chicken thighs with romesco sauce, pan-fried hake with a tomato, sherry and garlic sauce, and patatas bravas with spiced tomato fritarda sauce and aioli.
The new Sunday menus are ideal for families as well as groups – and little ones can have their own special dishes.
El Gato has introduced three new dishes especially for niños – meatballs and roasted potatoes, salt cod fish cakes with tomato sauce and tenderstem broccoli, and roast chicken thigh with carrots and potatoes, all at £7. There’s an ice-cream sundae with hot chocolate sauce to finish.
Chef patron Simon Shaw‘s restaurant has won numerous awards and accolades since opening in 2016, including the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards and the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards. It was listed in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 in the UK alongside The French.
This year saw the Michelin Guide award El Gato Negro a 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand for the third year running.