Simon Shaw – the renowned local chef behind city centre favourites El Gato Negro and Canto – has revealed details of his hotly tipped third restaurant which is due to open its doors on Thursday 3 June – with table bookings opening on Thursday 20 May.

Refurbishing the former wine cellar of the historic Grade II Manchester Club building on Brown Street, Habas will specialise in a range of simple yet bold Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes alongside drinks and live entertainment.

Hot off the heels of Canto’s Plate Michelin win late last year, Shaw will debut this new restaurant in a newly fitted venue that looks set to welcome customers into an extravagant and expansive space. In addition to its vast open kitchen, Habas will also feature a bar where visitors can sample an array of Middle Eastern and classic cocktails (alongside beers, wines and spirits), a relaxed lounge area hosting live music until late and a private dining space which can be hired out by groups of up to 16.

When it comes to food, Shaw’s keen to keep his cards close to his chest until doors open – however he has teased a small range of dishes including homemade garlic and herb flatbreads with hummus and zhug, feta cheese, wilted spinach and sun-blush tomato filo  cigars, spiced lamb potato skin ‘jackets’ served with mint yoghurt, and bata harra spicy fried potatoes with sour cream.

Reservations for Habas will open on Thursday 20 May. To be the first to book a table, head to their website or keep an eye on their social feeds.


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Wed 19 May, Habas,
43a Brown Street, Manchester
Simon Bland
Published on:
Wed 19 May 2021