Known for its diverse and equally delicious range of Southern Spanish tapas dishes, Abeja began its journey tucked under the Mancunian Way, coining its name of Manchester’s smallest tapas bar.
Since then, the restaurant has moved to a more permanent Chorlton location where chef Ana has been transporting diners to the sun kissed sand dunes of Spain. The fully trained biomedical scientist has always had a passion for cooking and crafting dishes from her family heritage, as well as hosting huge dinner parties to share her culture with friends.
Now, the restaurant has announced that it will be moving into Dorsey Street’s Alvarium in the heart of Northern Quarter on a permanent basis from next Wednesday 10th August.
Abeja’s menu is made for sharing, consisting of small plates with huge Mediterranean flavours steeped in tradition. You have to try the homemade Serrano Ham Croquetas (£7.50), Patatas Bravas (£5.50), Pincho Moruno (£8.50) – a mix of Ibérico pork tenderloin, padrón, piquillo peppers – and the Gambas a la Parrilla (£11) consisting of whole shell-on wild prawns, Maldon salt and alioli.
You can also grab a stacked sharing board for £20, which comes with a selection of cured meats and cheeses from Granada, served alongside artisan crackers, olives and gourmet preserves.
Ana believes that food brings people together, and when cooked lovingly, it nourishes the soul, too. She always wanted to translate this passion into something bigger and play tribute to all the amazing cooks in her family, especially to her grandmother Maria.
Ana owns Abeja alongside her business partner James, who has been an independent business owner for over a decade. He’s passionate about proper tapas done the Spanish way, and in particular he loves the vibrant bars of Granada.
Abeja will be bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Northern Quarter starting from Wednesday 10th August with a lunchtime deal from 12pm – 4pm, which will get you 3 plates and soft drink for £9.50 or 3 plates and Mahou or wine for a tenner! A strong new contender for one of the best lunch deals in the city.
It will then reopen at 5pm until 9pm to showcase its evening menu of Spanish small plates and paired wines Wednesday – Sunday every week.