Lifestyle: Eating at El Capo, Manchester

Love Tequila? Love South American street food? Or how about a good old mixture of Mexican and Tapas? I know I love all three of them (well maybe not Tequila unless I’m on a night out) therefore there’s one place in Manchester I’m rating highly right now, and that’s the Northern Quarter gem El Capo.

Hidden away on Tariff Street, El Capo is a dimly lit, brick wall exposed bar and cantina, serving up delicious Mexican food. From everyone’s favourite classic nacho’s with lashings of toppings, to bulging burritos and enchillada’s, all the traditional Mexican and South American street food type dishes are served, alongside side orders of chilli fries and corn on the cob.

el capo
el capo
However, El Capo is also popular for it’s range of tapas offerings, where pork stew’s and pan-seared cow’s heart has never sounded so appealing. The list of share-able tapas dishes come in the right sizes for ordering up a feast of unique and exciting foods for the daring, where yourself and your friends can mix and match between foods such as chorizo and habanero chillis, Puerto Rican cheese and chilli fritters and sweet spiced meatballs. However, when I attended El Capo with a group of friends for a real taste of Mexican, I opted for the fajita’s stuffed with pulled pork, and boy are they amazing. The pulled pork is soft and lightly spiced, making it the perfect fajita filling mixed in with pile ups of shredded vegetables, cheese, sour cream and red chilli sauce.

el capo

el capo
el capo
el capo
It’s worth noting however that El Capo is actually a fantastic place to visit for those of you who can’t get enough of wings – the Buffalo cut chicken wings come with an array of interesting sauces at various different spice levels, ad ask the waitor about the Wing Challenge! Think you can handle hot and spicy wings? Give it a go!

We ordered a side plate of the chicken wings in the lime, mango and coriander puree sauce, and they actually tasted like a little Jamaican treat! They were lovely and juice, with a sweet, unusual taste.

If steak is your food of choice, then there are a number of steak options on the menu, although I haven’t yet tried this therefore I’m not too sure what it is like, but it certainly sounds amazing from the menu (Argentinian rump steak marinatied and seasoned, served with¬†Kidney beans, roasted cassava, carrots, squash and 70% Nicaraguan chocolate, is the one I need to try!). I also noted they do small portions of chips and dips, in case you would rather experience El Capo for it’s extensive cocktail menu and just add a slight sharing snack to your group.

Next time you are eating out in Manchester, head to the creative corner of the city that is Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and opt for the laid back ambiance and friendly atmosphere that lies within El Capo. I thoroughly enjoyed my food and experience here, plus it was a Wednesday night and it was getting pretty busy, with a nice little buzz to the place. For more about Manchester, take a look at the bloggers guide to this great city here.

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  1. February 19, 2015 / 9:59 am

    I really like El Capo! The first time I went it wasn’t so great, but lately it’s always been gorgeous. It’s such a nice setting too.

  2. February 19, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    I agree! I have been twice – ambiance is great and I’d go again for those fajitas!

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