Ancoats in Manchester City Centre is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to go to for food. A lot of development is happening at the moment with new apartment buildings, townhouses and specialist food retailers emerging in the area. Yesterday I parked there and went for a walk to find somewhere to eat with my food buddy (just see what we can find type of thing). We were in an area called Cotton Square and noticed there was a new restaurant there and decided to give it a try. It’s called Canto – Modern Portuguese.
The interior is lovely, wood furniture, ivy plant decorating the back wall’s open kitchen, you can see the chefs cooking up the food. I also like the soft green decor and mosaic artwork. They have a brunch menu, main menu and specials, the friendly waitress told us what they were when she introduced herself. We choose from the main menu which includes a selection of tapas and desserts. The waitress recommended 3-4 tapas per person so we opted for 3 each and share them between us.
- Spicy chicken wings £6
- Octopus Lagareiro – Octopus, roasted potatoes, garlic, pickled baby onions £10
- Pork belly ‘Bairrada’ £10
- Braised pig’s cheeks, chestnuts and Jerusalem artichoke purée £10.50
- Grilled aubergine, piso, cottage cheese and sea lettuce £6
- Roasted peppers, baby artichokes and runner beans £6
Every dish was tasty. The only thing I didn’t really like, was the amount of waiting time in between dishes. Maybe that’s how they serve tapas in Portugal I’m unsure but… the wait was almost 10 minutes in between. We shared our dishes and every time a new dish was served, it only took us a few minutes to eat them before having to wait for another. After we were done with the tapas, we ordered some dessert. Of course, I had to taste the custard tart… Portugal is known for that right?
- Pastel de nata £2.50
- Almond tart and mascarpone mousse £6
They didn’t disappoint. The custard tart was delicious, crispy thin pastry, sweet creamy custard centre with a hint of orange (I think… there’s a slight citrus in there, not 100% what type but I’m leaning towards orange). I didn’t try the almond tart, but the feedback was that it was dense, sweet and perfectly complimented with the light mascarpone mousse.
The total bill came to £63, with 2 Cappuccinos and a bottle of sparkling water. Really enjoyed the food and the service overall. I also read that the menu will be changing quite often, so that will be something to look forward to!