Food & Drink

Manchester restaurant added to Michelin guide – just six months after opening

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 24th November 2021

Manchester restaurant Habas has made it into the prestigious Michelin guide just six months after opening its doors in the city.

The restaurant is the creation of esteemed chef Simon Shaw, who also has the two-AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant El Gato Negro, as well as Canto (which has been newly-awarded a Michelin Plate) in Ancoats.

It opened in the lower level of the historic Manchester Reform Club building in June to mixed reviews. 

Inside Habas. Credit: Supplied

However, it seems the naysayers are to be mostly ignored, as it’s already caught the eye of inspectors at Michelin, who advise diners to ‘arrive early for a cocktail in the bar before moving into the fun, slightly retro-style dining room’.

The guide continues: “Small sharing plates take their influences mainly from the Middle East but there are also hints of the Mediterranean to be seen.


“Must-haves include the homemade pita bread, stuffed filo cigars and vegetable dishes.”

Food at Habas in Manchester. Credit: Joby Catto Photography

Housed inside the building’s former wine cellar, the menu follows a similar format to Shaw’s other popular Spanish and Portuguese-style city-centre restaurants – with a strong focus on small plates, ordered to share.


Speaking on the inclusion of Habas in MICHELIN’s fourth live release of the year, Shaw said:  “First and foremost I’m absolutely delighted.  For a business that’s been such a long time in the making and yet still very much in its infancy its remarkable.  It’s all credit to Craig, Kelly and their respective teams who are doing an incredible job.” 

Habas is one of 12 Manchester restaurants recommended in this year’s guide, alongside Adam Reid at The French, Allotment vegan eatery, Tast, El Gato Negro, Porta Tapas, Canto, The Bull and Bear, 63 Degrees, Erst, Mana, and OSMA.

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The restaurant has just introduced a new Sunday roast offering, with two options available and an option to bring your own wine for just an additional £5 corkage fee.

The announcement follows a new approach announced by Michelin this summer, which sees the guide announce new additions on a monthly basis for the very first time.

Usually, these are only revealed at the annual launch event – but we have to say, we’re enjoying the new approach, as it gives us something new to look forward to every month, instead of having to wait a whole year.

The most prestigious awards, however -Stars, Bib Gourmands and Green Stars – will be announced at the annual 2022 ceremony as usual. So we’ve still got a bit of a wait for those. 

Featured image: Supplied