Popular Ancoats venue, Canto, is celebrating as the Mediterranean tapas restaurant and bar turns one this month.

Since opening its doors at Cutting Room Square, the neighbourhood restaurant has enjoyed great success with industry experts and customers praising the restaurant’s food and drink offer, alongside its inviting and relaxed atmosphere.

Nominated in the Casual Restaurant of the Year category of this year’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards, and with an acclaimed Harden’s listing under its belt, Founder and Creative Director Simon Shaw puts the achievements of the restaurant down to the hard work of Head Chef Carlos Gomes and the team.

Interior portraitSpeaking on the first anniversary, Shaw said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with our first year.  It’s been a very different journey to that of El Gato Negro; opening in what is still a very new and developing district brings a whole different set of opportunities and challenges to that of an established destination, but that was always part of the appeal, having the opportunity to be a part of something from the start and grow with it.

“When we first launched there were only a couple of other operators in Ancoats, now there’s a really great mix of restaurants and bars, including Mana and Erst; there’s a notable shift in activity and the destination just keeps getting better.

“We’ve a cracking team in place at Canto and the dishes Carlos delivers are something else.  I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”

Over the last 12 months Canto has enjoyed widespread praise for delivering outstanding food at accessible prices.  The work of Head Chef, Carlos Gomes, the menu has, as promised upon launch, evolved with every season, with new dishes providing both depth and newness to the Ancoats restaurant.   Recent additions include chargrilled pork skewers served on a bed of harissa-spiced hummus and chimichurri; chargrilled beef fillet served with piquillo pepper, spinach, roasted potatoes and red wine sauce, and grilled sea bream with basil and Manchego risotto, with a selection of further new autumnal dishes to launch in the coming weeks.

The drinks menu has also seen a number of new additions, with a further seven new cocktails and four wines introduced this week to satisfy the demands of the restaurant’s ever-growing bar dwellers.

Adding to Shaw’s comments, Head Chef, Carlos Gomes, said: “it feels like only yesterday when we opened the doors to Canto, I’ve been blown away by the response enjoyed.  It was my ambition to create a relaxed, social space where people could enjoy great, affordable food and drink whilst catching up with family and friends.   Seeing guests do that makes me really proud, I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved. “

Canto is a neighbourhood restaurant, serving up fast-paced, exciting Mediterranean-inspired tapas, paired with great service in a relaxed, friendly space.  Located at the heart of fashionable Cutting Room Square, the restaurant, the younger sibling of El Gato Negro, is nominated for Casual Restaurant of the year in the 2019 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards.

Dishes range from £4 to £10 with half of all plates featuring on Canto’s three for £15 menu, which can be enjoyed from Wednesday to Saturday until 7pm, and all-day Sunday.  The three for £15 menu is available for groups of all sizes.

Canto is open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm–11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm–12am and Sunday 12pm–11pm.  The restaurant caters for parties of one through to 40, with guests invited to enjoy drinks or a full dining experience.

To make a reservation, please contact or call 0161 870 5904.