A little bit ago my family and I ventured into Manchester for a bit of a shopping day. It's a rare occasion we're all off at the same time so we made a little event out of it, as you should do, and treated ourselves to lunch out and in mine and my mum's case a cheeky glass of wine. On my dad's recommendation, we came to El Gato Negro. He'd been here before on a works do and loved it. Safe to say we'll be taking his advice on where to eat from now on...
A few of my favourite tapas dishes now. I adore anchovies, if I can get them when I'm out I will do and I always pick up some when I'm in Sainsbury's. If I'm honest I could probably eat them like a pack of crisps much to the horror of everyone in my life. This was called the Matrimonia and had marinated and salted anchovies with piquillo pepper on tostada. It was lovely though I did have to remove the pepper. I was not a fan of that part. I know, I have a very strange palette.
The presentation for each dish was stunning. I loved this little board too. Unfortunately, it wouldn't fit in my bag and was rather fishy... but it's definitely an item of plateware I'd like to have in my kitchen eventually. A lovely little display piece.
Oh the bread. Need I say more? I have a deep love of anything resemblimg bread. I'll eat it all.
What did I say about presentation?! These are so beautiful. On the left are the Morcilla scotch eggs with mushroom duxelle, apple purée and aioli which were unreal. I love scotch eggs as is. My boyfriend made these amazing quails egg scotch eggs the first time he cooked for me and my family. I still think about them today! Next to that are the Salt cod croquetas, with piquillo pepper purée and aioli which were lovely as well. With a little bit of lemon squeezed over oh my. The balance of flavours was fantastic and you could taste each little element of each dish!
How aesthetically pleasing do these look together though?
Finally, are the Jamón Ibérico croquetas which were incredible. Very simple but so delicious. Croquettes of any kind are always a go-to of mine if I see them on a menu. These were absolutely fantastic, possibly my favourite I've ever had.
They were superrrr salty which I always like. I've got my Nana's love of salt I think...which might not be the best thing! I remember her at christmas once coating her turkey in salt because she didn't see how quickly it was coming out.
Have you been to El Gato Negro?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,