Alli is a freelance writer and blogger who has contributed to the lifestyle sections of publications including The Guardian and The Telegraph. She regularly researches and writes articles for a local newspaper and happily reviews products and events
Published January 22nd 2013
Burrowed within the eventful street life of Deansgate is a little piece of Spain that should not be ignored. Evuna is a Spanish restaurant and wine house offering the finest food and drink from the central regions of Spain.
From the minute you enter this restaurant you can convince yourself that you have just stepped into a little, cosy tavern in the heart of Spain. Despite being part of the former railway goods warehouse of the Great Northern Railway the décor has successfully adopted a rustic Mediterranean feel. The walls are stripped to the brick and softly illuminated by candles. The becoming mismatch of tables are sensitively lit using low lights fitted into planks of dark wood that are then suspended from the ceiling. Against the walls there are countless bottles of wine housed in tall cabinets covered by elegant wrought iron gates.
The authenticity is further enhanced by the constant hubbub of Spanish in the background as the staff converse in their native tongue.
The menu is varied and much to my penchant the restaurant actively encourages sharing anything on the menu, including main courses such as paella, steak and fish dishes. Evuna's signature dish is a very tempting sea bass baked in rock salt with seasonal vegetables. Prices of the main dishes range between a reasonable £10 and £20. There is nonetheless one disappointing feature of the menu - the lack of vegetarian choices. There is only one dish on offer, Penne a la Carreter; penne in tomato, vegetables, parsley, brandy and cream sauce.
The tapas menu is excellent with abundant choice and flavours. The menu includes a selection of meats, fish, hams, cheeses, salads and traditional omelettes. In particular, I personally applaud the fillet beef skewers. The meat was tender and of a high quality. Portion sizes were just right and more than adequate for two people to share. I would strongly recommend ordering a basket of bread; the sauces are just too tasty to risk leaving any remnants behind.
If the tapas choice is too overwhelming you could take advantage of the price-busting deal which has a limited but exciting menu; 3 tapas for £9.99 on Monday to Saturday between 12.00hours and 18.00 hours and on Sunday between 12.00 hours and 21.00 hours.
There are also banquet menus available which include appetisers, tapas and a main course.
The food at this extremely cosy restaurant is fabulous but the thing I loved most about my dining experience was the extraordinarily fine selection of wines available. Many of the bottles are unique to Evuna as the restaurant imports its wines from family run vineyards in the Spanish regions. If you find a bottle you particularly like, take advantage of the realistic reduced 'take home' price. The waiters and waitresses are extremely helpful and will discuss and recommend a suitable wine for your palate but if you want to learn about the wines at your own pace ask for a copy of the Evuna Wine Bible. The guide offers an in depth description and is very informative.
Evuna also boasts a wine club. You can attend a wine tasting event at the restaurant or if the occasion suits, organise an event at home or at a venue of your choice. As a member of the club you enjoy discounts and you can have your wine delivered to your address or pick your order up from the restaurant.
I would describe this restaurant and wine house as a good all-rounder. It is perfect for a romantic meal; ideal for a group gathering; terrific for a snack, or the ultimate place for a superb glass of wine in cosy surroundings to complement a shopping trip. No matter what you enjoy in Evuna I feel confident that the staff will be attentive, welcoming and helpful and I doubt that you will be disappointed.
Evuna is located at 277 – 279 Deansgate. All enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can telephone - 0161 819 2752.