Lunya is Manchester’s authentic, independent, family-run Catalan deli, restaurant and bar, and they’ve just launched a fabulous new summer menu update.
Owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella are entirely devoted to sourcing the most exquisite artisan produce and cuisine direct from Spain with suppliers who they meet personally and have developed strong relationships with over time.
This an eclectic and exciting collection with new dishes inspired by their latest fantastic food adventures in Catalonia and all over the country. The update also includes lots of vegan variations, a development on Lunya’s already strong vegan and vegetarian offering – something that has proved popular with their customers.
Most of all, this collection is about bringing a proper taste of Catalonia to Manchester – the finest seasonal produce and cuisine they could find, best enjoyed in the sunshine.
New dishes include Pincho Moruno – gently spiced skewers of chicken, fillet steak, onions & peppers, grilled on the plancha and dressed with a smoked paprika mayonnaise. This is a classic Spanish snacking food – best enjoyed with Lunya’s Abadal 3.9, a luscious medium-full bodied red wine.
Botifarra amb Mongetas was Catalonia’s answer to sausage and beans. Catalan sausage and beans with Lunya’s own home-made baked beans. A deliciously smoky stew, great for sharing and also available as a vegan dish.
There is also Grilled Chicken – herb marinated & grilled chicken thigh, served on a bed of Catalan Romesco sauce made with peppers, almonds, smoked paprika and vinegar and Spring Lamb Chops -marinated with Za’atar, grilled and served with crushed minted peas and piquillo pepper hummus.
Fish lovers can enjoy the pan-fried Menai seabass, served on a bed of soft Navarran white beans, peas and chorizo. This is another classic Catalan style dish where ‘land meets sea’ – here fine Welsh fish also meets stunning Spanish ingredients and flavours.
Bacalao was a standout star for me when I sampled the menu last week. Pan-fried salt-cod, topped with a toasted garlic mousseline and served on samfaina (Catalan ratatouille). This Peter’s latest creation inspired by traditional Catalonian cuisine with that Lunya twist.
Another favourite was the Salmorejo – a traditional Andalucian chilled soup with tomatoes– topped with ham tacos, croutons and egg. This is the perfect summer tapa, which was just made to be enjoyed on a hot day.
There is also Vegetable Tempura which is a medley of Mediterranean vegetables in a light tempura with a honey and lemon mayonnaise dip- who doesn’t love deep-fried veggies?!
You can enjoy the new dishes at Lunya in the traditional tapas style, but if you are really hungry you can go for the Parillada de Carne – a giant mixed grill platters of lamb chops, chicken thighs, steak kebabs, chicken kebabs, chorizo, morcilla, patatas bravas and salad (minimum of 2 people sharing).
This is a beautiful Spanish BBQ bringing together a beautiful medley of Catalan and Spanish meats and flavours – for when the bikini diet is off!
All the new dishes are available on the main menu and are best enjoyed alongside Lunya’s incredible drinks collection – whether it be from their 130 strong Spanish wine list (one of the biggest outside of Spain), their 26 sherries, their 26 (mainly Spanish) gins, their great Spanish beer selection or even that wonderful Barcelona favourite, an exotic Vermont.
This is an exquisite dining and drinking experience for people who love magnificent food and drink with no fuss.
Lunya Catalonian Deli, Restaurant & Bar, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB
0161 413 3317