Canto – Review

Went to Canto last week with friends – ever since it opened end of 2018 wanted to visit. Especially with the people behind Canto being El Gato Negro which is really good. (I need to go to El Gato Negro again – only been the once but it was great. And its won awards including the Michelin Guide UK Bib Gourmand.

Canto - Open Kitchen
Open Kitchen

Canto is a Mediterranean tapas in Ancoats area of Manchester. Its a more casual restaurant than El Gato Negro.

When we arrived it was quiet with just about a couple other tables occupied. It was early to be fair – 630pm on a Thursday. But when we left about 815pm it was busy – always good to see a restaurant busy – better atmosphere and of course means they are doing well.

I had looked at the menu before visiting – of course – and had in mind what I wanted already. But the specials potentially could have changed things – but didn’t.


Canto have a 3 dishes for £15 deal which is for most of the things on the menu. The only things not really in the deal is the seafood dishes – although king prawns are.

I went for the king prawns (with garlic and chilli) – delicious. Had lots of garlic, not too much chilli. (Having king prawns when I was in Vietnam has sort of ruined king prawns because they will never be as good as what I had in Vietnam!). They were will very good though. I also had the pork skewers which were OK and shared the Jamon croquettes and Catalan bread with someone. So had 2 x croquettes and couple pieces of the bread. Catalan bread was really good.

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