Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester,, M1 6JD – Visit Now
Peru Perdu is the latest restaurant to take over at The Cotton Factory. Specialising in South American cuisine, the focus is on fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and big bold flavours.
Peru Perdu is one of the most unique restaurants to hit Manchester in a long while
It’s a great looking space, light and spacious, with a communal charm. The busy open kitchen adds a vibrant feel, and the overall feel is of something ambitious and with an eye on the future, rather than a fly-by-night operation.
Ceviche plays a major part of the menu, with impressively fresh chunks of raw fish tangled up with other delicious flavours. The tuna comes with coconut, olive, chilli, coriander and plantain crisps, while the sea bass – a personal favourite – comes with samphire, asparagus, tomato and macadamia nuts. It’s not something you’re likely to find down your local chippy.
When it comes to small plates, the tiger milk fried chicken is a must-try dish. Beautifully soft strips of chicken, fried up with chilli, coriander and spring onion – our entire table declares it a winner.
It’s not all meats and fish though, there’s an extensive section called ‘Planta’ devoted to vegan and plant-based dishes, such as a quinoa bowl, green papaya salad and a sweet yam coconut curry.
The steaks are some of the most dramatic offerings. A wooden board hosting thick chunks of perfectly-cooked Uraguyan wet-aged beef cooked in the open-fire grill, scattered with tiny chopped-up onions and peppers. It’s all set to be one of the top dishes to try this winter.
Thick chunks of perfectly-cooked Uraguyan wet-aged beef cooked in the open-fire grill
Desserts are just as good, with a half-pineapple hosting a blob of coconut ice cream and a kind of sweet potato crumble that shouldn’t be as good as it is.
Peru Perdu is one of the most unique restaurants to hit Manchester in a long while. What at first glance could have seemed a gimmick, turns out to be something backed up with deep knowledge of Peruvian cuisine, made appealing to all palates. Best of all, the dishes are fresh, exciting and full of flavour.