La Vina, Deansgate
Serving authentic tapas in a rustic interior that contrasts sharply with the Manchester city streets outside, Deansgate’s La Vina is popular with locals, shoppers and tourists alike. With great value food and a warm welcome, it’s the perfect place to find a cosy corner for a relaxed and sociable meal.
The decor is traditionally Spanish in style, with mellow wood floors and furniture dotted with vivid ceramics and brightly coloured prints and posters. The team of Spanish chefs create a varied range of home cooked tapas, with many dishes based around cured meats and cheeses sourced directly from Spain. There’s also an extensive selection of Spanish wines, sherries and cavas.
To start your meal, you can choose from a tasty array of breads and nibbles. Opt for the pan del dia, and you’ll get a selection of freshly baked breads served with extra virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar reduction. Nibbles include Marcona almonds from Aragon and pimientos de Padrón, pan fried fresh and sweet little green peppers with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
Alternatively, you could go for a charcuterie or cheese plank, an ideal choice for sharing. Charcuterie planks include a great selection of cold meats and sausages including cecina, Castillian air-dried beef; Lomo Embuchado Ibérico de Bellota, marinated and air-dried pork tenderloin, and, of course, chorizo, in this case chorizo Ibérico de Bellota. Cheeses include a rich and creamy six month-aged queso Manchego, made with sheep’s milk and served with honey, and San Simon, a semi-cured birch wood smoked cheese from Galicia served with quince paste.
Moving on to tapas, you’ll find a varied choice of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Meat tapas include croquetas de jamon, hand-crumbed croquettes filled with Serrano ham and Béchamel sauce; presa Ibérica, succulent shoulder steak Ibérico pork from Salamanca, and pollo con salsa, fresh chicken breast pan fried with chestnut, porcini and button mushrooms in a sherry and cream sauce.
Amongst the fish dishes, there are gamas al Ajillo, king prawns cooked in garlic and olive oil, together with pan fried squid with crispy chorizo, garlic and chilli dressed with a squid ink and wine sauce. The vegetable tapas selection includes fried potatoes with butternut squash, an olive oil-fried egg and rosemary; berenjenas, grilled aubergine rolls stuffed with rustica tomatoes, grilled sweet piquillo peppers and goats cheese, and setas a la plancha, a seasonal blend of mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine.
If you fancy the full paella experience, you can choose from the chef’s daily special creation or the classic paella Valenciana, with fresh chicken, Galician mussels, large king prawns and squid.
Desserts include chocolate and toffee torte, cinammon-and-sugar dusted churros served with rich homemade warm chocolate sauce, and refreshing sorbets.
Eat your fill, finish with a carajillo – coffee with Spanish brandy – and you’ll set out onto the winter streets again full of Mediterranean warmth and ready to tackle whatever the Manchester weather may bring.
La Vina – Manchester, Deansgate
105-107 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BQ