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Flowers are blooming, blossom and buds are appearing on trees, and the days are (finally) getting longer. All that means spring is coming, and today we’re unveiling our mouthwatering new spring menu.

As the leaves change colour and the days draw shorter, Chef Patron Simon and Head Chef Antony have introduced our new restaurant menu, celebrating flavours and techniques which are perfect for the time of year, all using the very best ingredients.

We’re thrilled to announce Antony Shirley joined the El Gato Negro team as Head Chef in September. Antony and Simon worked together in Harvey Nichols and they’re excited to be joining forces again.

Introducing Canto, a new restaurant in Ancoats from Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro Tapas. Modern Portuguese food and drink in a relaxed, casual neighbourhood setting. Opening in Ancoats, Manchester in autumn 2018.

As the weather warms we’re introducing some sizzling hot new Sunday deals. Build your own option for two: enjoy our meat or vegetarian sharer boards, add an exclusive a roast meat of the day, and select a pair of matching cocktails!

We’re delighted to welcome the esteemed Catalan winemaker Alfredo Arribas to El Gato Negro on Monday April 9th for an evening event showcasing his wines, paired with a 5 course meal created especially by chef patron Simon Shaw. Tickets are just £65 per person

It’s time to unveil our new restaurant menu and bar drinks list to celebrate spring. The team have updated the dishes and drinks on offer, celebrating seasonally-available produce and the very best ingredients we can source.

On Wednesday 14 February we’ll be creating a memorably romantic Valentine’s experience with champagne, live music and more

Relish book and tote bag in restaurant
When chef patron Simon Shaw shares one of his recipes, they’re seized upon by customers wishing to recreate some of the magic of El Gato Negro at home. That’s why we’re delighted to announce the release of Relish Publications ‘North West Second Helping’ cookbook, featuring original recipes from the region’s finest chefs and restaurants, including three exclusives from Simon.

This is the third time we have been featured in a Relish book: originally in Relish Yorkshire Second Helping in 2010, then Relish North East And Yorkshire in 2013. Now with our move across to Manchester in 2015 we’re eligible to feature in the latest North West edition. Is this a first, representing both sides of the Pennines?

For the first time the cover of this deluxe hardback book is exclusive to El Gato Negro, featuring the facade of our converted townhouse on King Street by night. Along with a wonderful selection of recipes from many acclaimed establishments in the region, this edition showcases Simon’s recipes for:

  • Gillardeau oysters, yuzu juice, wasabi tobiko and pickled cucumber
  • Hot & sugar cured Cornish mackerel with celeriac and pink grapefruit salad
  • Turron mousse, pear, basil, almond brittle

This bespoke-jacketed book is on sale only from the restaurant for £20, and comes paired with an exclusive El Gato Negro cotton tote bag, making this the perfect treat for yourself, or an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates fine food. We hope you enjoy the read as much as the dishes!

After extensive polling, testing and trialling chef patron Simon and head chef Richard have refreshed our restaurant menu, introducing a selection of delicious new dishes taking advantage of seasonally-available produce.