Lobster Paella, Turkey Croquettes & King Prawn Cocktail: The Christmas Tapas Menu at La Bandera

Take a trip to the Mediterranean without having to bother packing or getting on a plane...

By Ben Brown | 16 November 2021

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I don’t know about you but I’m gagging for a holiday. I’ve not been abroad since March 2020 and I’m starting to lose the plot.

Luckily enough, I’m due to fly out to Tenerife for some sun, sea, sand and LOADS of tapas this Christmas Eve – and I absolutely cannot bloody wait. For all of you who can’t do this though – I’ve found the perfect alternative for you: The Christmas Tapas Menu at La Bandera.

The fantastic, independent Spanish restaurant have introduced three new Christmas menus to their offering, a Set Lunch for £29 per person, the £36 Evening Menu and the more extravagant Dinner Menu for £45 per person which comes with a massive Lobster Paella!

You’ll begin with some Appetisers, specifically their fabulous Tabla Mixta, a selection of the finest Spanish cheeses and Iberian cured meats, plus Pan con Sobrascada – artisan bread with the most wonderful Chorizo Spread you’ll ever taste. It’s absolutely heavenly, trust me – I scoffed the lot in seconds the other day!

This Chorizo Spread!

The first course is then finished off with Marinated Spanish Green Olives with Mushrooms and Peppers, and a creamy homemade Aioli dip.

The main event of each menu focuses around some superb new Christmas Tapas dishes, such as the Cocktail de Gambas; grilled king prawn cocktail with citric aioli sauce and almonds, and their Croquetas de Pavo; homemade Turkey Croquettes served on a bed of cranberry sauce.

Homemade Turkey Croquettas

Pollo Asadores

The Lunch menu features La Bandera’s spot on Sliders of Pulled Lamb – which have been given a Christmas twist with the addition of Goat’s Cheese, apple and a touch of cinnamon and honey.

There’s also the classic Rollitos de Salmon – traditional Spanish Smoked Salmon stuffed with grated egg, capers and onions, as well as an absolute La Bandera favourite – their Pollo Asadores – a dish inspired by owner Yashin’s childhood on Tenerife; chicken marinated in Canarian Mojo Rojo Sauce served with wrinkled potatoes.

Sliders of Pulled Lamb

Lobster Paella

Finally, and this is available only on the Dinner Menu, is Arroz Caldoso con Bogavante – a Creamy Lobster Paella cooked in a lobster broth!

No meal out is complete without some pudding and so La Bandera are offering the traditional Galician Almond Cake with lashings of double cream.

Galician Almond Cake

Delicious food at good prices and a fair amount of festive cheer – I cannot think of a single reason you wouldn’t want to be at La Bandera this Christmas season!


Festive Dining at La Bandera

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La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EQ
0161 833 9019