Manchester City FC’s manager Pep Guardiola and two of the club’s directors have teamed up with the Fazenda restaurant group and multi-gonged chef Paco Pérez for this new Catalan venture – an elegant space spread over three floors, with casual grazing and a bar downstairs, a first-floor dining room and a second floor with private facilities.
Pérez, who has seven restaurants and five Michelin stars to his name, has drafted in head chef Miquel Villacrosa from Berlin’s Restaurant Cinco to head up the kitchen at this hot new city-centre destination, and diners are in for plenty of surprises.
As well as serving traditional Catalan classics, the menu offers ‘tastets’ – sharing plates, bigger than tapas but smaller than main dishes. We loved the ‘duck’in donuts’, playful white chocolate rings stuffed with rich foie gras and dusted with powdered raspberry, but there’s much more to cheer about: crisp-skinned chicken wings paired with piquant picada sauce; octopus, cooked sous-vide for tenderness and served with potatoes, romesco sauce and an oloroso foam; a robust baked rice dish dotted with squid, salty cod and huge red prawns. To drink, the wine list offers plenty of choice by the glass, alongside cavas, cocktails and Catalonian gins. Our verdict? Tast is a thrilling addition to King Street’s gastronomic scene.