See what the media is saying about Rafa’s

By Loving Manchester

“A must visit for a date night, and a perfect place for those craving a heart-warming Spanish feast”

Didsbury is one of the more popular Greater Manchester surburban areas for great grub and gorgeous bars – and for a good reason. It’s home to the undeniably wonderful Hispi Bistro, the delectable Olive & Vine, and some of the nicest coffee in town (read: Caramello.) However the star of the show is undoubtedly Rafa’s in Didsbury.
It’s a place people across Greater Manchester can cross paths and enjoy some of the finest delights…the most sumptuous Spanish restaurant you’ve ever set foot in. I’m sure you’ve walked by it 1000 times and never noticed it existed, and let me tell you – you’ve made a mistake…

By the time I had walked through the doors I had already been completely been won over…
The ambiance here is so lovely that even if the food was mediocre you would still want to pop in for a coffee or a drink. And it’s from the people who brought you El Rincón de Rafa in Manchester city centre.

Think the best paella you’ve ever tried in your life (and more.)
Prices are around the £5 mark per dish (around a tenner if you’re fancying one of their delectable seafood specialities) and you won’t regret it either…

We did what any respectable foodies would do and over-ordered so we could try everything.
We stuck to three classics to start (boquerones, mushrooms lathered with blue cheese sauce and Spanish aubergine deep fried and coated with imported artisan honey) all of which were sent directly by Jesus himself to our dinner table. Truly divine.
Three beautifully done classics.

Having loved the initial dishes, we had major expectations for our mains…
The king prawns were fresh as anything and married with enough fried garlic to satisfy even the most ravenous Spanish vampire.
Tender and melt-in-your-mouth as the fried fish dish was, it was the scallop ensemble which really stole my heart with its exceptional flavour of the ordinarily mild scallop prevalent in every bite.

Rafa’s chefs specialise in their paella which comes as ‘mixta’ (a bit of everything – meat, seafood and veg) a vegetarian option and a divine seafood paella.
The mixta was sumptuous as it was tasty, slow-cooked and sprinkled with all the top Spanish herbs and spices, the real treat was the sumptuous King prawn taking his crowning glory centre stage – and a soft on the inside, slightly crunchy on the outside chorizo.
I was truly blown away by how flavourful it was. Seasoned to perfection – it was classic, light, fresh and flavourful – an exceptional version of a classic dish.

Last but not least, we shared the churros with chocolate caliente and two liqueur coffees
The chocolate didn’t wow me if I’m honest, being slightly runny for my taste but the churros were fresh and crunchy as anything and piping hot – just the way I love ’em!
Their menu also includes deep fried camembert, classic patatas bravas, croquettes and mantecados y polvorones (traditional Spanish crumbly cookie.)

In true Spanish fashion, the wait staff let us sit around for as long as we’d like and didn’t rush our meal at all.
Dark and moodily romantic, it manages to abstain from any of that hot stuffiness small restaurants are constantly battling with.
This is a must visit for a date night, and a perfect place for those craving a heart-warming Spanish feast.

 

 

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By The Business Desk

Didsbury is to get a brand new Spanish restaurant.
The team behind El Rincon has announced it is to open a casual dining restaurant in the affluent South Manchester suburb.
Rafa’s will be located in the heart of Didsbury village on the busy Wilmslow Road and will serve contemporary Spanish food.
The tapas restaurant has said it will serve traditional dishes as well as gluten free and vegan options.
The drinks menu is largely Spanish and features beers, wines and coffees.
El Rincon de Rafa on Deansgate has been a popular venue for around 25 years.
Founder Rafael Cabrera-Vargas, said: “We chose to open in Didsbury because it’s a thriving village with a real food and drink hub that we’re pleased to now be a part of.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the local residents whether they’re new to Spanish cuisine or regulars from El Rincón and getting to know our new home.”
Rafa’s in Didsbury is open seven days a week from midday until midnight at 653 Wilmslow Road.

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By Manchester Evening News

Rafa’s menu is a highlights reel of tapas

The team behind El Rincon – something of a Manchester institution – have recently opened a brand new restaurant in Didsbury.
Rafa’s is located in the heart of Didsbry village and serves a casual and contemporary take on traditional Spanish dining.

They’ve taken the 15 best-selling dishes from their city centre restaurant to build their menu. It is essentially a best-of collection of tapas.
The menu includes patatas bravas, albondigas, chorizo and pil pil, as well as a selection of paellas which can be ordered in huge batches to share across the table or in individual sizes.
They’re striving to cater for vegans and vegetarians plus those with gluten and dairy intolerances.

 

Joining the 15-item menu will be regular seasonal specials – and they’ve just announced on their Instagram page that they’ll be adding Bomba Catalana, a deep-fried ball of meat and potato topped with a spicy tomato sauce.

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The drinks menu is, of course, largely Spanish, featuring beers, wines and coffees.
El Rincon de Rafa on Deansgate has been serving authentic tapas dishes for close to 25 years but this new site will operate with a more laid-back cafe vibe.

 

Founder Rafael Cabrera-Vargas, said in a statement: “We chose to open in Didsbury because it’s a thriving village with a real food and drink hub that we’re pleased to now be a part of.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the local residents whether they’re new to Spanish cuisine or regulars from El Rincón and getting to know our new home.”
Rafa’s in Didsbury is open seven days a week from midday until midnight at 653 Wilmslow Road.

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