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Pencils at El Gato Negro

We’ve got a fantastic selection of events coming up at El Gato Negro as spring beckons: be sure to mark them up in your diaries…

Firstly on Sunday 30th March we’ll be provide the perfect way to treat mum, by hosting a special four course set menu Mother’s Day dining experience. Priced at just £30 per head, and including a glass of rosé cava as an extra treat for mum. We’re now taking bookings; last year this sold out quickly so we’ve extended it to two sittings: 1–3pm and 4–6pm, to allow more diners to experience a wonderful Mothering Sunday. We’ll be posting the full menu details very soon…

Simon’s off to Galicia later this month, in preparation for our next Galician-themed evening, on Thursday 8th May. Last year’s showcase of stunning wines and dishes inspired by this rugged, diverse region was a roaring success, and since then the Casal de Paula wines we launched have been (deserved) bestsellers. We’ll be joined again by Jaime Quiroga, who previously introduced us to so many wonderful Galego wines, and Simon and the team will be putting together a tasting menu to match. It’s a chance to enjoy more of the distinctive and delicious offerings from a less well-known corner of Spain.

We will post menus for each event closer to the time, to further whet your appetites, but we recommend booking your places early as places are likely to go quickly!

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For our first event of 2014, we’re very pleased to announce the menu for Valentine’s Night on Friday 14th February. We will be offering a sensuously sophisticated set menu to help you start a romantic evening with your significant other. Strictly pre-reserved places only.

You’ll start with a glass of our house Champagne to add some spritz to the evening, before enjoying five stunning courses created specially by Simon and the team in the kitchen.

Velouté of Jerusalem Artichoke

Lobster Cannelloni with a mustard and chive beurre blanc 

Ballotine of corn-fed chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms

Fillet mignon with fondant potato, red wine jus

Chocolate Fondue to share

The price per person is £50. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. Please be advised, spaces are limited for this event. We look forward to you joining us for a very special Valentine’s evening!

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We’re delighted to confirm the gourmet menu for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Demand was unprecedented and even after expanding across both floors, the evening is now fully booked.

If you’d like to maintain a level of surprise and anticipation until the evening, look away now… but if not, please read on.

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El Gato Negro South American evening

Hot on the heels of last week’s Galician night, we’re very pleased to announce the latest of our highly-popular matched food and drink evenings at El Gato Negro Tapas. We’re holding a very special wine dinner with two great names from South America, hosted with our friends from Berkmann Wine Cellars.

(Updated Wednesday 4 September to reveal the menu and guest wines)

As a pre-dinner drink before we get started we’re going to serve the Santa Rita Gran Hacienda Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The six guest wines and dishes will be

Santa Rita Gran Hacienda Chardonnay Grand Reserva
Scallop ceviche, hand-picked white crab, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, crispy pancetta

Finca Decero Malbec
Alejandro Chorizo, piquillo pepper purée aioli

Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon
Neck of lamb fillet, aubergine purée, chimichurri dressing

Finca Decero Mini Ediciones Petit Verdot
Roast duck breast, crushed potato, braised shallots, girolle mushrooms

Finca Decero Amano
Braised ox cheek, roast baby onions, pancetta and button mushrooms

Santa Rita Late Harvest Gewürztraminer Moscatel De Alejandria
Raspberry shortbread with Chantilly cream

Decero Malbec

We will be showcasing the white wines of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s oldest wineries. Their Sauvignon Blanc is superb and has been recently heralded as the best value Sauvignon Blanc by the Sommelier Awards. Following the Santa Rita whites, we will be moving onto some superb reds from the wonderful Finca Decero winery in Argentina.

Simon and the team in the kitchen will once again be flexing their culinary muscles, preparing an array of dishes which will play to the characteristics of each of the wines on the evening. As you’ve come to expect, these special dishes will delight your palates and perfectly match these wonderful Chilean and Argentinian wines.

The price per person is £45, and this includes six stunning South American wines and accompanying, matched dishes from Simon and the team. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant.

Doors open 7.30pm, the meal starts at 8pm. We look forward to you joining us for the evening.

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Our next monthly Sunday lunch openings is on 4th August. We’ll be open from 1-4pm, and will be featuring something rather unique alongside a handpicked selection of our favourite classics and specials.

Simon and the team will be creating some incredible dishes from speciality Ibérico pork; bringing you a rare chance to taste that famous acorn and meadow-fed black pig meat from Extremadura.

Alongside that we will be serving refreshing home-made sangria – a perfect foil for the summer heat – as well as our usual extensive selection of wines and sherries, including some great wines by the glass. Advance bookings are highly recommended… please call the restaurant on 01422 823070.

 

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El Gato Negro presents an introduction to the wines and foods of Galicia, where Iberia meets the Atlantic. Galicia is a land of geographical contrasts and surprises, with a distinctive  and wonderful food culture.

We already carry a limited range of Galician wines, but there are some fantastic wineries in this lesser-known region of Spain which deserve more exposure. We’ve invited a leading expert to showcase them, paired with a range of dishes inspired by the distinctive culture of Galicia. As regular patrons already know, Padrón peppers and Torta de Santiago are two popular Galician delicacies on our menu: however this evening will enable you to experience more gourmet galego delights alongside a fantastic selection of exclusive wines from the region’s independent vineyards.

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The menu for the evening will be

Leira Seca
Cockles & clams with olive oil, lemon & coriander

Quinta de la Erre
Pan-roasted scallops with fresh white crabmeat & a shellfish sauce

Casal de Paula Blanco
Galician-style monkfish

Alodio de Antonia Godello
Grilled sardine fillets with Alejandro chorizo, migas breadcrumbs, garlic & mint

Alodio Mencia
Sous-vide pressed pork shoulder with chickpeas, spring cabbage, chorizo & potatoes

Casal de Paula Tinto
Served alongside a choice of either: Two traditional Galician cheeses: Arzúa-Ulloa and Tetilla or Torta de Santiago

The price per person is £45, and covers a selection of wines and accompanying, matched Galician dishes from Simon and the team. Limited places remain for this evening. Reservations can be made by phoning the restaurant on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. 

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Here at El Gato Negro it’s fair to say we are huge fans of sherry: we’ve expanded our range in the last twelve months, and launched our sherry web page earlier this year to provide a guide to the sheer range of types available

There are only a limited number of places left for the next of our popular sherry evenings. Once again we’ll have expert advice on pairing sherry from our friends at leading sherry house Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 175 years, and they’re perfectly placed to showcase six of their best , ranging from dry to sweet sherry. These include the highly limited Tio Pepe En Rama: 2013’s batch has sold out in record time, but we’ve held some stock back especially to share with you on the night.
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Simon has created six incredible dishes to pair perfectly with the sherries: as with the last sherry evening, an event like this provides the chance to offer an exclusive tasting menu, comprising dishes which showcase the flair and imagination of the team, and give you the opportunity to try them before anyone else.

The last evening in January went down a storm and customers have been asking for us to repeat the experience ever since: whether you’re already a fan of the broad range of sherries we provide, or you’re keen to learn more, this is the ideal opportunity.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the event starts at 8pm. The price per person will be £45, and includes six sherries, and six specially-created dishes from Simon and the team. Reservations are now being taken for this evening: you can book for any of our nights by phoning 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. 

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Here’s todays specials blackboard*. The arancini with squid & piquillo peppers are our latest addition, perfect for a warm spring’s evening with a glass of cold sherry!

*(We update our specials blackboard regularly with a selection of dishes which are often informed by limited or seasonally available produce. We would advise calling the restaurant to check that a dish is still available for your visit, as some specials are very limited.)

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Here’s todays specials blackboard*. The arancini with squid & piquillo peppers are our latest addition, perfect for a warm spring’s evening with a glass of cold sherry!

*(We update our specials blackboard regularly with a selection of dishes which are often informed by limited or seasonally available produce. We would advise calling the restaurant to check that a dish is still available for your visit, as some specials are very limited.)

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Here’s todays specials blackboard*. The portobella mushrooms, filled with sobrasada and crushed potatoes, is a new dish we’re serving today for the first time. We think you’ll like it a lot… it’s a gloriously rich and sensuous combination.

*(We update our specials blackboard regularly with a selection of dishes which are often informed by limited or seasonally available produce. We would advise calling the restaurant to check that a dish is still available for your visit, as some specials are very limited.)