Manchester has two new businesses that are supporting the locals’ obsession with Spanish food.
The first is a new tapas and wine bar, called Porta. The first outpost opened in Chester back in 2012. It’s popularity led the owners, Ben and Joe Wright, to open another outpost, this time in Altrincham, in Greater Manchester. And now they’re expanding their empire to Salford.
Opening in Bexley Square, this Spanish restaurant (and the others) aim to recreate the small, independent tapas bars typical of Barcelona and Madrid. The menu features classic dishes such as secreto Ibérico (Ibérico pork) with mojo verde sauce, Manchego cheese with quince jelly, Padron peppers, Spanish omelet, boquerones (white marinated anchovies), and grilled prawns. They serve a range of Spanish wines, beer, Sherry and cava as well from all over the country.
The other new locale is a “charcuteria” bar called La Boca. Opening up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the focus here is on hand-carved 100% acorn-fed Iberico ham and a selection of cured meats, as well as on slow-cooked dishes. Highlights include slow-cooked chickpeas, blood sausage and spinach; boquerones in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and parsley and served with sourdough bread; acorn-fed Ibérico chorizo slow cooked in cider with farmhouse bread; and mojama de Barbate (dried fish) with toasted hazelnuts and orange. They also offer a range of beers, wines and Sherries from Spain.