An authentic celebration of Catalan food and wine will launch on 20th July on King Street, Manchester, with the opening of Tast Cuina Catalana, roughly translated as ‘Taste from the Catalan Kitchen.’
Tast Cuina Catalana will bring worldwide interest to the growing links between Manchester and Catalonia, bringing the talent of multi-Michelin star chef Paco Pérez.
Tast’s Executive Chef Paco is the renowned international patron-chef of two Michelin 2* restaurants – Miramar, in Llançà, (Girona) and Enoteca at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, a city where he has six restaurants in all. He is also behind the Michelin 1* Restaurant Cinco at the Hotel Das Stue in Berlin.
Head chef at Tast will be Miquel Villacrosa, formerly head chef at Restaurant Cinco in Berlin after a year at Miramar. Miquel, 27, is a Catalan who grew up in Sant Hilari Sacalm, a small mountain town where he helped out in his parents’ restaurant.
Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, Ferran Soriano are among the investors in the restaurant. Acting in a personal capacity the investors have teamed up with the independent Fazenda group, whose directors’ passion for South American cuisine has made their award-winning ‘rodizio’ grilled meat restaurants in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and recently-opened Edinburgh, a great popular success.
Tast will have 120-covers over three floors, with a casual dining and bar area on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room and a second floor with private rooms offering a tasting menu.
Despite Paco Pérez’s record, Tast Cuina Catalan is not pursuing awards, but will simply create a warm and friendly atmosphere for anyone wishing to experience the best of Catalan food and drink.
Catalonia is renowned worldwide for its gastronomy. Geographically diverse, it produces a variety of fresh, high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables. The Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees are the perfect environments for unique products, and its distinctive cuisine benefits from French and Spanish influences.
The region produces some of the best old world wines with renowned D.O.’s (Denominació d’Origen) including Penedès, Montsant, Empordà, Tarragona and Costers del Segre and one D.O.C (Denominació d’Origen Controlada), Priorat.
As well as serving traditional Catalan starters and mains, the Tast menu will offer ‘tastets’ – small portions and nibbles to savour and to share.
Tast Cuina Catalana will be taking bookings from 1st July on 0161 806 0547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tast Cuina Catalana, 20-22 King Street Manchester, M2 6AG.