At only a couple of months old, Rafa’s café bar and restaurant, found in the popular  Didsbury Village, is an expansion of one of Manchester’s longest standing Spanish restaurants, El Rincón.

We were greeted by Rafa’s lovely owner, called, you guessed it, Rafael, who recommended we try some of his favourite dishes… and we were happy to oblige.

Crispy Salmon Spring Rolls and silky-smooth King Prawn and Scallop Pâté were up first, not dishes we’d normally choose, but both were delicious. Then came two dishes suitable for vegans and veggies alike – Tartar de Vegetales (mixed vegetables on a bed of potato) and Potato and Onion soup, which was, for a cold soup, not so bad! Then there was the main event, tender pieces of Pork Fillet on a bed of potato with crispy leeks and a flavoursome red wine reduction – to die for. We ended with a couple of smaller tapas dishes, Gambas Pil Pil (juicy, spicy king prawns) and a simple yet yummy portion of Huevos Revueltos (scrambled eggs) with chorizo.

Despite being well and truly full, Rafa’s desserts are all homemade, so how could we refuse? So we ended the night by sipping spectacular Spanish liquor with a side of Chocolate Churros and a slice of zesty Orange Tart! 

If you’re looking for a relaxed authentic experience, this is the perfect spot for tasty traditional tapas.   


653 Wilmslow Road

M20 6QZ

0161 434 9919