King Street tapas restaurant El Gato Negro remains the only eatery in the city centre with a prestigious Bib Gourmand.
The Bib Gourmand award from Michelin honours "exceptionally good food at moderate prices". It is the second year running that El Gato Negro has made the Michelin Guide.
Speaking about the news, Chef patron and creative director Simon Shaw said:
“We’re absolutely blown away to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the second year running in Manchester. It’s an incredible team effort and a fantastic achievement for all, we’re looking forward to raising a glass together to celebrate.”
El Gato Negro was born from Simon Shaw’s fascination with, and love of, Spanish food and wine. While working in London Simon visited Catalonia and the Basque country, immediately succumbing to the diversity, excitement and informality of modern Spanish cuisine, especially tapas. Determined to bring this then under-appreciated cuisine to a wider audience, in 2005 Simon returned north to open El Gato Negro in a empty former pub in the Pennine village of Ripponden. Wishing for good luck, and with a nod to a favourite old shop in Madrid, he named it ‘El Gato Negro’ (the black cat in Spanish) before relocating the concept to Manchester.
Manchester last received a Michelin Star in 1974 despite high hopes for restaurants new and old, including The French at the Midland Hotel and Manchester House.