Everyone’s favourite Ancoats restaurant, Canto, has launched a brand new menu for the Winter season.
The popular Mediterranean tapas restaurant has launched a fresh new seasonal menu to warm you up as Manchester starts to feel the chill. The eatery has quickly established itself as a key destination in up-and-coming Ancoats in the heart of Cutting Room Square.
Head Chef, Carlos Gomes, has ensured that Canto has become part of the district’s scene of fashionable destinations since the restaurant opened 12 months ago. This new menu is a perfect reason for new and loyal customers to visit Ancoats, with a range of exciting new dishes and returning best-sellers, many of which are among Gomes’ personal favourites.
He said: “When I change the menu, I always get asked ‘where’s my pig’s cheek?’, ‘where are my mushroom croquetas?’ It’s a huge compliment to see guests develop such enthusiasm for a dish, so it’s nice to be able to bring back their favourite dishes from time to time, especially when the season is right.”
Coming to Canto’s Autumn/Winter menu are spicy chicken skewers served on flatbread to kick the cold (£7), a light and tasty dish typically enjoyed in southern Portugal. Meat lovers and existing fans of Gomes’ braised pig’s cheek, Iberico ham mash, green kale and chestnuts (£10) will be pleased to see it’s return to the menu.
Taking influence from the shores of Spain and Italy is the grilled sea bream with saffron and pea risotto; another light dish but with a deep and satisfying flavour (£9).
Alongside the mushroom croquetas with black garlic mayo, making the most of the key seasonal ingredient (£5). You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the chargrilled sweet potato with white bean puree, mint and orange honey, and toasted pumpkin seeds (£4.50). It’s heavenly buttery with the sweetness of the potatoes working really well with the orange and honey.
Warm up with the caramelised cauliflower with spiced cannellini bean stew (£4) or choose pan fried Tenderstem broccoli with chilli and garlic (£5.50), the perfect accompaniments to Gomes’ dishes.
But no meal is complete without the option of a great sweet treat, so Gomes has introduced two new options – the wintery, warm and sweet carrot cake with white chocolate sauce (£5.50) and poached pears in mulled-wine with rum Chantilly for a little taste of Christmas (£5.50).
In the interest of going big or going home, the refreshed menu of the Ancoats eatery is supplemented with a range of new drinks available at Canto’s bar, whether you’re dining or not. Sip on one of Canto’s brand new cocktails including Canto’s Old Fashioned (£9.50), Red Vermouth (£6) or Hemmingway Daiquiri, featuring rum, maraschino, lime and grapefruit (£8). Alternatively, settle down with a bottle of one of Canto’s new premium wines and sparkling wines. A selection of mocktails are also available as the perfect option to enjoy all the flavour without the alcohol.
The new menu is out now with many of the dishes available to be enjoyed as part of Canto’s three for £15 small plate selection, available Wednesday to Saturday until 6pm and all-day Sunday. Many of the dishes are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diners.
For those looking to make the most of their weekend or raise a glass to a special occasion, Canto’s Tipsy Tapas provides great value, with three select dishes and unlimited Cava, Bellinis or house wine for 90 minutes and priced at £30pp. Tipsy Tapas is available from 12pm to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Canto is open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm–11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm–12am and Sunday 12pm–11pm in Cutting Room Square, Ancoats. The tapas restaurant caters for parties of one through to 40, with guests invited to enjoy drinks or a full dining experience.