David Carter and Chris Leach are set to open a second site of their British-Italian restaurant Manteca in Shoreditch (in the old Pizza Express site on Curtain Road) this October. The pair started Manteca as a residency at 10 Heddon Street (the space is currently occupied by Fallow) before opening a permanent place in Soho. Just like the original, there’s a strong focus on nose to tail eating at their new restaurant, with dishes like the house salumi plate, which features freshly-sliced meats from the hanging room such as fennel pollen salame, black pepper and Lambrusco salami, coppa, ‘nduja, and sticks of coppiette cured with Campari and fennel seeds. The most leveled-up charcuterie selection you’ll find in London.
Starters will include favourite dishes such as pig head fritti, apple mostarda; ‘nduja steamed mussels, cream, parsley and sourdough; and pickled chilli and duck sausage. Bigger eats include the thick-cut Oxford Sandy and Black pork chop, and whole wood-roasted sea bream. Pastas have always been a huge part of Chris’ cooking, and at the Shoreditch site we can expect the likes of tonnarelli, brown crab cacio e pepe; fazzoletti duck ragu; and seaweed tagliatelle with smoked seaweed butter. Desserts are no afterthought either – we cannot wait to try the delica pumpkin ice cream sandwich.
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Opens October 2021
49-51 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT