Celso y Manolo
Are there any words more intriguing than “Tomato T-Bone”? Signalling a bit of a departure from many of the meat- and fried-stuff heavy menus found in many of the city’s tapas spots, the epic menu (there are dozens of dishes to choose from) at Celso y Manolo is populated with plenty of fresh, creative twists on the tapas classics, as well as – as the Tomato T-Bone hints – a decent selection geared towards our vegetarian brethren.
With a sleek, pared-down aesthetic, Celso y Manolo nevertheless appears to be a historic tavern in the guise of a contemporary tapas joint, with the original marble bar in pride of place. Let’s call it historic-meets-modern minimalism. A tribute to the former owners in more ways than just the name, Celso y Manolo has kept the comfortable, neighbourhood vibe, but modernised the interiors and upped the gastronomic ante with its menu. From the much-lauded, light-as-air tortilla to its mighty, well-stocked cheeseboards, the beef tartare to the prodigious selection of chorizos and Iberian hams, there’s plenty to get deliciously lost in here. Just be sure, whether you’re here for a long, lingering lunch or you fancy settling in for dinner, to sample a glass (or a bottle, or two) of the numerous natural wines on offer.