Find out what new dining experiences the El Gato Negro team has in store for Manchester.
Simon Shaw and his team have done it again! The brains behind much-loved Spanish restaurant El Gato Negro are bringing us their third Manchester restaurant. It seems Simon Shaw has cracked the recipe for restaurant success. Three years since he opened his first site, Manchester is still hungry for his dishes and dining concepts.
In 2016, Simon wowed us with his mix of modern and traditional Spanish dishes at three-floor King Street restaurant, El Gato Negro. El Gato Negro has won the Michelin Bib Gourmand for the last three years which is as close as Manchester has gotten to having a Michelin star. Following this, in 2018, Simon turned his talents to Portuguese fare with Canto in Ancoat’s Cutting Room Square. Now, he’s confirmed plans to open a third city centre venue in 2019. Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments are coming together to transform the former Panama Hatty’s site on Brown Street. It’s all about Middle Eastern food here. Simon is taking inspiration from his travels around the Middle East to create authentic flavours from across the area for us. Following in the footsteps of El Gato Negro, the new restaurant will be open and inviting with a relaxed atmosphere. Whilst the team are staying tight-lipped about plans for the interiors, we do know that they’ll be giving the basement of the Venetian Gothic building a makeover. Whatever the designs may be, they promise to make the most of the historic, grade-II listed building’s original features.You know what they say, third time’s a charm, so maybe Simon’s new venture will win Manchester that elusive Michelin star. We’ll have to wait until doors open this summer to find out!