The elegant, three-storey Tast Cuina Catala arrived on King Street with a flourish in 2018, thanks to a menu by Michelin-starred Paco Pérez and backers including Pep Guardiola.
There’s a strong focus on ‘tastets’ - more complex than tapas, but smaller than a plate. The unique serving style allows for the deeper appreciation of several flavours within a single meal, meaning a tastet can be served alone as an appetiser, or as a small collection for a complete meal.
In the more casual bar and restaurant area, Duck’in Donuts, chef Paco’s unusual signature ‘donuts’ of chilled white chocolate filled with foie gras mousse and dusted with a sharp raspberry-flavoured powder, have become a hit on social media while sometimes dividing diners, while more traditional croquetas of jamón, red pepper and roast chicken are some of the best in town.
Other stand-out dishes include runny yolk duck egg with baby squid and tartar sauce, slow-cooked beef cheek with vegetable menestra and lentils, and delicious trays of savoury rice with seasonal vegetables or cuttlefish.
On the top floor, meanwhile, you can book the more formal (and pricier) Enxaneta concept - named after the Catalan word for the youngest member of a team of ‘castellers’ (acrobats) who crowns a Catalan human castle, and developed by Paco to introduce Manchester to the gastronomic experience he is famous for across his restaurants worldwide.
Here you’ll find an unashamedly challenging but thoroughly rewarding 10 or 15 course menu, quite unlike anything else in the city, with matching wine flights available. It’s a culinary journey through Catalonia's best flavours and scents from the city to the forests, from the sea to the mountains, which changes with the seasons. Luxurious ingredients might include sea urchin, caviar, lobster or truffle.
Drinks include plenty of wines and cava by the glass alongside a range of grown up signature and classic cocktails and beers.