This upscale Catalonian spot on King Street is one for a very special occasion. At the helm is Paco Perez, a chef who, at last tally, possesses six Michelin stars across his Spanish restaurants. The menu at Tast Catala is a sincere and deeply rooted tribute to his Catalonian ancestry, conjuring an array of dishes that beautifully encapsulate the diversity of the region, from the rugged peaks of the mountains to the sprawling vastness of the ocean.
For those wanting to sample a bit of everything, there are the tapas-style ‘tastets’. These bite-sized delights range from the succulent duck egg paired with crispy fried squid, to a decadent potato soufflé accompanied by a creamy tartar sauce. Another standout offering includes a delicately prepared cylinder of chicken cannelloni, its tender meat cloaked in a luxurious béchamel sauce.
However, Tast Catala isn’t just about the lighter fare. For those whose appetite seeks something more substantial, yet no less refined, the menu extends to Catalan style rice dishes teeming with robust flavours. You can also find considerable cuts of meat and whole fish, all meticulously prepared in the traditional Mi Brasa charcoal oven, preserving the authenticity and richness of the original Catalonian cuisine.
Beyond the food, Tast also asserts itself as an unsung cocktail spot, presenting a small but carefully selected list of unique concoctions. These are regularly updated, ensuring that every visit offers something different. For the wine buffs, it holds an unrivalled reputation, boasting one of the most expansive assortments of Catalonian wines in Manchester, so you’re sure to find something new to try.