So, what do we need to know about Manteca?
Manteca's arrival in Shoreditch marks the end of a two-year journey for the team behind it. They started back in the summer of 2019 as 10 Heddon Street's first restaurant pop-up. Such was their success that months later they took on a much longer residency on Great Marlborough Street. But now they've found a permanent home in EC2. Heading up the team are chef Chris Leach (ex-Kitty Fishers) and David Carter from Smokestak.
Where is it?
You'll find it on Curtain Road, just off Great Eastern Street (it used to be a Pizza Express). The nearest station is Shoreditch overground, but Old Street's not far either.
Where should we meet friends for a drink first?
You've got the Mondrian just down the street with its various bars which is probably your best bet. But if you do start the night here then we had two cocktails from a short list (that's going to get longer soon) that we can recommend.
What's on the menu?
If you haven't been to either of Manteca's previous incarnations, then you should know that the menu focuses on nose to tail cooking, along with amazing homemade pastas, open fire cooking and homemade charcuterie.
We roamed most of the menu (with the exception of the salumeria) when we visited. Here's a taster of what we had:
What about vegetarians or vegans?
There are plenty of interesting options kicking off with the wild farmed focaccia, and there's an apparently amazing kale salad along with house-made ricotta crostino. And two out of five pasta were veggie on our visit including this must-have:
Room for dessert?
We really must do better at leaving room, as our waiter seemed to be physically pained at the thought that we couldn't find room for the apple frangipane. But we did manage one of these between us.
And the wine?
Roaming wine consultant Emily Acha Derrington is responsible for the two lists here. There's one covering the wine on tap, by the glass and carafe - and another that's split into classic and "down the rabbit hole". We needed a guide through that and were pointed towards the most wonderful organic Fiano from Luigi Maffini in Campagnia (£54).
This is one of those restaurants where you genuinely can't decide what to have on the menu because everything sounds so enticing. Spoiler alert - it's every bit as good as it reads. Already an instant hit with its many fans, along with new Shoreditch guests, Manteca looks like it's going to settle down quite nicely here in EC2.
More about Manteca Shoreditch
Where is it? 49-51 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
How to book: Book online
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Manteca. Prices are correct at the time of publication.
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