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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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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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A range of Gonzalez Byass sherries in El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro Tapas is pleased to announce our first specialist event of the year: a gourmet evening of matched sherries and fine food.

Banish the January blues with a splash of Spanish style on Tuesday 22nd January, as we pair a stunning selection of sherries with a special tasting menu. We’re excited that this first sherry evening of 2013 will feature a rare UK appearance by the master venenciador direct from 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 the heritage and provenance of these exceptional Spanish wines.

The venenciador’s unique skill is based on a time-honoured tradition of expertly drawing out samples from sherry barrels, using a ‘venencia’ or measure on the end of a long, flexible pole, then pouring these into copitas. Enjoy his flamboyant performance as you savour six very special sherries, along with matching tasting dishes, throughout this special evening.

Gonzalez Byass venenciador

Between the venenciador and an expert from the Gonzalez Byass UK team, you’ll learn about the unique production and styles of sherry, and how these pair with different foods. Simon will be on hand to explain the perfectly-matched dishes from the evening’s tasting menu, expertly complimenting each sherry’s characteristics.

We hope you can join us for this unique and memorable event. Our previous sherry evening last year was a sell-out success and ever since we’ve had customers asking when we’d repeat the experience. There are limited places, and with the added bonus of the venenciador direct from Jerez, places will go quickly.

Bookings can be secured by phoning the restaurant direct on 01422 823070*
Doors open 7pm, and the event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £45 per person.
* We use a telephone booking system to ensure the seating plan is tailored to your needs. Please let our staff know if you have any specialist dietary considerations. Thank you.

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El Gato Negro wine specials 26th September 2012