Canto is a modern new Portuguese restaurant, located in the vibrant, hip restaurant scene of Ancoats, popular with young professionals and conveniently located in the northern part of Manchester City Centre. Canto combines the vision of Simon Shaw, also the owner of El Gato Negro, the multi-award-winning Manchester tapas restaurant and bar, and talented head chef Carlos Gomes, who hails from a Michelin-starred London restaurant. The two are passionate about introducing the best Portuguese dishes and drinks to Manchester in a relaxed, casual setting.
Designed by Manchester-based consultancy Mark Mason Design, the restaurant’s interior has more than enough style to match its owners, with a modern, industrial look throughout. Situated in a large single-level space, Canto seats 110 covers, and features an abundance of bare concrete, wood and metal, softened by the use of plants in pots, large windows and beautiful traditional Portuguese Azulejo tiles in the open kitchen.
Turquoise walls and smooth, no-nonsense concrete flooring continue the light and airy look, complemented by Andy Thornton Trieste side chairs, which have been given a fresh look with a white paint finish. Comfortable seat pads in muted tones add extra comfort.
Windsor stick back side chairs from Andy Thornton have also been given an update in bright white and are mixed and matched with our Patina Teak four leg bistro tables, with sturdy cast iron bases and tops in distressed, reclaimed teak.
An array of Andy Thornton decorative lighting is used throughout the venue, with a mix and match of pendants from our extensive industrial and vintage-style collections. Pendants in a combination of materials add interest and texture, from polished copper and glass to unusual copper-coloured wire and smooth, tactile wood.
We also supplied several of our elegant Florence glass pendants with copper tops, to complement the industrial-style lighting and provide contrast against the exposed beams in the ceiling.
With a real buzz around the restaurant, Canto has been spreading the joy of Portuguese dining around the up-and-coming Ancoats area, with the word spreading quickly about this new opening.