Looking to offer a Catalan fine dining experience to the city, Executive Chef Paco Pérez will introduce ‘Enxaneta’ to the second floor of Tast, offering an entirely new menu of 10 or 15 courses.
The Enxaneta concept (named after the Catalan word for the youngest member of a team of ‘castellers’ who crowns a Catalan human castle) will create the perfect space for Pérez to showcase a new menu, prepared daily in Enxaneta’s own independent kitchen on the top floor of the building.
Like Enxaneta, the names of the two new tasting menus take inspiration from the Catalan tradition of building human towers and refer to the way the climbers are counted.
The Tres de Deu menu, meaning ‘three of ten’, will feature 10 courses (priced at £95) while the Tres de Quinze menu, meaning ‘three of fifteen’, will offer 15 courses (priced at £135).
The concept of “Mar i Muntanya” (translated as sea and mountain) where both fish and meat are served on the same plate will be a key feature on both of the menus.
Other typical dishes will include Caneló d’escamarlans, a delicious langoustine cannelloni with black truffle and Pèsols de Llavaneres, a speciality pea-based dish from the Llavaneres municipality north of Barcelona, famous for the quality of its peas.
All courses will give a flavour of Catalonia, recognised globally for its unique gastronomy which benefits from both from French and Spanish influences.
Wines to be paired with the dishes have also been hand-picked from the Catalan region which produces some of the finest ‘old-world’ styles and varietals. These include the renowned D.O.’s (Denominació d’Origen) of Penedès, Montsant, Empordà, Tarragona and Costers del Segre and the D.O.C (Denominació d’Origen Controlada), Priorat.
The expanded street-level floor will offer the full Tast menu serving traditional Catalan starters and mains alongside ‘tastets’ – small portions and nibbles to share – the same menu as offered on the first-floor dining room which will remain at 50 covers.
Enxaneta’s two menus will be freshly prepared each evening from Wednesday to Saturday and will be served from 6pm – 9pm. It is set to open its doors in February so watch this space for more details.
Tast Catala, 20-22 King St, Manchester M2 6AG
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