Eat at El Gato Negro. Chef patron Simon Shaw is renowned for creating simple, bold and confident tapas dishes. Informed by what’s fresh and in season, he takes the best of modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques, while drawing on inspiration and ingredients from closer to home. The result – whether you’re eating casually at the bar with a drink, or enjoying a more extensive dining experience in our restaurant – is brilliant, balanced and exciting food which evokes the magic of Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastián in the heart of Manchester.

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Desserts at El Gato Negro


Padrón peppers with Halen Môn sea salt (GF)5
Our own-recipe marinated olives with chilli, lemon, garlic and rosemary (GF)4
Roasted Valencia almonds (GF)4
Caramelised spiced walnuts (GF)3.5
Spicy-sweet guindilla peppers (GF)
Jamón serrano with celeriac rémoulade 50g [GF]6
Acorn-fed jamón ibérico de bellota 50g (GF)12.5
Selection of Spanish meats (salchichón, lomo, Fuet de Vic, chorizo magno, chorizo artisan Leon, jamón serrano), served with celeriac rémoulade (GF)15
Bikini (toasted sandwich with jamón ibérico and manchego)7
Gin-cured salmon with Greek yoghurt and truffled honey on coca bread8
Catalan bread with olive oil, garlic and fresh tomato3.5
Manchego with bittersweet green figs (GF)9
Selection of Spanish cheeses, fig and almond wheel and quince jelly (GF)10
Hot sandwich of the week (see blackboard for details)7
Cold sandwich of the week (see blackboard for details)5.5
Mixed leaf salad with LED tomato, cucumber, avocado, spring onion and our house dressing [GF]7
Beetroot salad with green beans, Picos blue cheese and caramelised walnuts [GF]8
Anchovy fillets on crostini6.5
Salt cod croquetas, piquillo pepper purée and aioli6.5
Mini Catalan chorizo with Aspall cider [GF]7.5
Jamón Ibérico croquetas6
Patatas bravas with spiced tomato fritarda sauce and aioli [GF]5.5


A special selection of our favourite desserts18
Chocolate fondue, marshmallows and fresh fruit (GF)
Perfect to share between two people
Valrhona chocolate tart with walnut and praline frangipane, coffee meringues, spiced coffee syrup and candied walnuts8
Raspberry, white chocolate and lemon macaroons, fresh raspberries, white chocolate crumb and raspberry sorbet
Tangerine cheesecake with milk chocolate crémeux7
Creme Catalan (GF)7
Mini doughnuts with hot chocolate sauce7
Selection of ice creams (GF)7
A selection of artisan Spanish cheeses, fig and almond wheel and quince jelly (GF)9.50

Sample menus, subject to change. E&OE. Our most current menus and offers are displayed in the restaurant and bar, and these supersede anything previously advertised. All prices are inclusive of VAT. An optional 10% service charge is added to your final bill. All tips are fully and fairly distributed amongst our team.

All dishes may contain traces of nuts. All dishes free from gluten are marked (GF). Please speak to your server if you have any other food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. Please note we use our fryers to cook different dishes, please ask if you have any concerns about cross-contamination.