The new menu reflects the changing seasons and the availability of vegetables. The chefs are also using lighter cooking techniques – leaving behind slow-cooked winter stews and introducing more grilled dishes as the weather turns warmer.
New on the Catalan cuisine specialists’ menu is the creamy risotto-style Arroz Meloso, with mussels and oxtail for an authentic regional tradition Mar I Muntanya dish (think surf’n’turf).
If you’re after meat all the way, try the sirloin steak from 10-year-old Galician ex-dairy cattle, renowned for being the world’s best, or the Ibérico Bellota Morcilla – cured and sliced black pudding from acorn-fed pigs.
Also new are the pork belly Chicharrones de Cadiz in steamed Japanese hirata buns, blending Spanish ingredients with global ideas. Meanwhile, Lunya’s signature crispy chicken strips have made a reappearance.
There’s plenty for non-meat-eaters, including the two new vegan dishes of mini vegetable Fideuà (a Catalan noodle paella) and delicious new season tenderstem broccoli and asparagus with crushed Marcona walnuts.
You can find the Liverpool bar and restaurant in a beautifully converted 18th-century warehouse in College Lane, behind Liverpool One and a stone’s throw from the historic Bluecoat, where there’s also a specialist Catalan and Spanish deli serving up authentic cheese, cured meats and store cupboard essentials like olive oil – so you can stock up while you’re here. Try before you buy – the Giant Deli Plank feeds two to four people and gives a taste of pretty much everything on the deli counter.
Plus don't forget you can enjoy Lunya's great value lunch offer (every day) where you can enjoy 2 tapas for £8.95 or 3 for £12.95.
Check out Lunya’s delis – in Liverpool, Manchester and on their Catalan and Spanish online shop (the largest in the UK). All have an extensive range of Spain’s best chocolates from the country’s growing number of artisan chocolatiers, so a great place to stock up on sweet treats for the Bank Holiday weekend.
Lunya celebrates all things Catalan, from cuisine to culture, so Saint Jordi’s Day on Sunday 23 April is a big deal for owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella. As the patron saint of Catalonia, Saint Jordi is widely celebrated in the Barcelona area, and it’s traditional to give gifts of books or roses, which, of course, Lunya will be doing.