Canto, Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building, Henry Street, Manchester, M4 5DH – Visit Now
Now open next to Rudy’s in Ancoats’ increasingly popular Cutting Room Square is Portuguese restaurant, Canto. Here, Simon Shaw, founder and Creative Director of the acclaimed tapas restaurant El Gato Negro, has teamed up with Porto-born Head Chef Carlos Gomes to create a space and menu that feel authentically Portuguese. Blue and white tiles, decorated in a nautical theme, adorn one wall, complimenting the seafood-rich menu, while exposed wooden beams, a white, sanded-down bar and plain, comfortable seating complete the laidback feel.
As in El Gato Negro, there’s an open kitchen, where chefs wearing denim aprons work seamlessly around one another on gleaming steel surfaces. The bar is hung with plants and is plentifully stocked; the white wine we tried was excellent. Canto boasts 110 covers inside and a further 12 in the elegant square outside.
Happily, the food we tried was promising, including softly yielding potatoes with an addictive miso sauce, beautifully charred sourdough from Pollen bakery, and two types of cheese, both delicious. Canto, then, looks set to be a high-quality addition to the roster of new openings in Ancoats, alongside Sugo, The Jane Eyre, Viet Shack, the forthcoming Mana and Pollen over in New Islington. Full review to follow.