Authenticity and Experimentation
Hitting the spot with their authentic tapas and ambiance, the real jewel at Evuna could be their Spanish wine list
Article by Catherine Ferguson
There’s something delightfully authentic about Evuna in Knutsford. While they might be hiding on one of the prettiest streets in one of the prettiest towns in Cheshire, the exposed beams, the cured meats, the sherry list and the scent of toasted almonds all scream one thing. España.
Founded by mother and daughter team, Jane and Frances Dowler in 2003, Evuna now have three restaurants in Manchester and Cheshire. Their guiding principles are to pay homage to all things Spanish and to remain fiercely loyal to the country’s rich and diverse food and wine offerings.
When they first opened their doors on Deansgate, their aim was to create an environment so reminiscent of Spain’s culture of eating out that customers felt utterly immersed in a totally authentic Spanish dining experience.
Jane and her team are passionate about independence and creativity and although all three restaurants serve staple classics such as albonigas, calamares and patatas bravas, all of the branches and chefs are encouraged to develop their own signature style, including developing regional specials using modern fusion techniques to showcase a wider range of tapas dishes.
Not only do Evuna hit the spot with their food and ambience, some might say that the real jewel in their crown is the wine list. They specialise in importing exclusive world-class wines from family-run vineyards.
Jane oozes enthusiasm for Spanish wine and believes that family values and traditions should sit at the heart of wine making. To make good wines, of course its necessary to have good soils, good climate and the latest technology, but we also need the human touch, the tradition and knowledge,” she says. “My producers have seen from childhood how their grandfather, uncle, father have a deep relationship with the vines that belonged to family for generations and this shows in the quality of the wine, the elegance and the drinkability of them. This is what makes them so great.”
While Spanish wines in the UK may not yet be enjoying the prominence of their French and Italian counterparts, Jane believes that we should embrace them with open arms. “I am continuously overwhelmed with the diversity of its viticulture, with over 120 denominations of origin and over 100 types of indigenous grapes, my mission is to bring you the finest wines in Spain at a great price since we import ourselves direct unlike any other Spanish restaurant in the UK.”
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I couldn’t leave Evuna without a nod to their positively sumptuous postres, or desserts to the uninitiated. Sangria poached pear? Chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and Pedro Ximenez sherry? Almond cake with a glass of muscatel? Stop it… It’s all too good.
Enquiries: Evuna, 46 King Street, Knutsford WA16 6DT / 01565 634777 / other branches 277 Deansgate and Northern Quarter Manchester / https://evuna.com