La Cantina, Manchester, restaurant review

I check out La Cantina, a tapas restaurant in Didsbury, Manchester. Was it a flavour explosion with every bite? Read my review to find out…  

Now I know that the majority of my restaurant reviews are in London, but I do occasionally venture outside of the capital.

And one such time is the subject of my latest review, of La Cantina Manchester. a tapas place in the city’s Didsbury village.

Located in the lovely end of the city, Didsbury, La Cantina is in good company.

Anyway, I have a bit of a love-hate affair with tapas. I love the idea of lots of flavours, and trying mini versions. But then I don’t often like all the dishes. And sadly, this was one such hit and miss affair.

So here’s what we had:

Spanish omelette with sour cream

Spanish omelette. Well it would be rude not to, right? No tapas feast is complete without the humble omelette. However, this arrived cold (I was expecting warm). Plus while loaded with sliced potato, there wasn’t much else of the vegetables I have come to expect in a Spanish omelette. But, it was tasty nonetheless.

Patatas bravas - fried potato with yoghurt and tomato dressing

Another cold surprise was the patatas bravas, or fried potato cubes. One of my favourite dishes when eating Lebanese, this dish was underwhelming.


The baked aubergine however, was delicious. Honestly whoever decided to marry aubergine with tomato sauce (probably Mrs. Moussaka?), deserves a medal.

Sadly this wasn’t enough to redeem the meal. Another option of salad, made with bitter tasting chicory was not for me.

So unfortunately La Cantina missed the mark a little. It’s fine for a relaxed snacking option, but the dishes were a bit too underwhelming to constitute a main meal. In fact, after our tapas we nipped to the Slug and Lettuce over the road, and this happened…


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