• Italian• Shoreditch
Manteca comes from Smokestak owner David Carter and chef Chris Leach, formerly of Cora Pearl and others. The two refined their craft with two residences in three years, before opening their first permanent restaurant in Shoreditch.
The smart dining room is buzzing when at full capacity, with an attractive kitchen counter. It’s the kind of restaurant that’s as suited to a date night as a party, and everything in between.
There’s a big emphasis on fresh pasta when it comes to the food menu, with dishes like fazzoletti with duck ragu and brown crab cacio e pepe going big on flavour while still remaining simple and elegant in their execution. House-made mortadella and focaccia is also a must-order, with the often underrated Italian luncheon meat becoming a delicious treat that’s made with rare-breed pork and a deft touch.
Manteca is an Italian-ish restaurant on Great Marlborough Street, and it’s the kind of place Soho should be known for from here on in.
Manteca doesn’t do subtle or restrained. It does dinner. And it’s bloody marvellous.
Indulgent, imaginative Italian is such a joy I almost forgot to actually leave
Lunch was wonderful – but it will be my last for a while'
Manteca has influences from other London restaurants - there’s a bit of St John in the nose-to-tail approach, there’s a dash of Trullo in there, a hint of Brawn
Manteca’s pasta is right up there with the best in London. And that’s coming from someone who worships at the altar of Trullo
Big trays of pillowy focaccia and thick batons of salami sit next to one another, ready to be carved and plated up.