Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester,, M1 6JD – Visit Now
Peru Perdu is a – you guessed it – Peruvian restaurant based at The Cotton Factory smack dab in the centre of Manchester. Specialising in South American cuisine, the focus is on fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and big bold flavours. It’s a wonderful unique space, with relaxing, bright and breezy decor, and charming chatty staff.
The food is similarly colourful and light, a lot of meat (grilled on an open barbecue) and fish, nothingy overly formal or fusty, this is down and dirty dining and all the better for it. Today, we’re here for the Sunday roast – there’s a choice of four different options: churrasco beef, la brasa chicken, pork belly, and a great-sounding vegan option, chimichurri cauliflower.
After much deliberation, I narrow it down to two and ask the staff, who in unison say “The pork!” And so I do. I wasn’t sure what to expect, would it be heavily-themed around South American cuisine or more of a traditional Sunday roast? Happily, it’s a mix of both. The pork comes in neatly-cooked strips, gloriously flavoured with a whole bunch of spices, and all the better for it. It also comes with a gasp-inducingly massive Yorkshire pudding (a Lima pudding, in this context?) that’s better cooked than anywhere else I’ve eaten in Manchester: soft and slightly-gooey in the middle, crisp and chewy on the outside, all the expected characteristics of the very best Yorkshire puds.
The sides are a winner too. Chargrilled, lightly-spiced broccoli is a delight, while the carrots are perfect. Best of all are the roast potatoes, again with a slightly unique seasoning, but never overboard with it – the whole meal is surprisingly faithful to a traditional British Sunday roast – with a perfect crunch, as if they’ve come straight from the oven, and not been allowed to deflate. The gravy is eye-closingly good. Wonderful drizzled over the entire meal, and just the right amount for it all.
It’s also worth checking out the raw juices. I go for the ‘pink’ option, a smart mix of fresh watermelon, cardamom, mint and a hint of pepper. It’s a wonderful wake-up call for a Sunday afternoon after a heavy night before, or just as a way to kickstart your day regardless.
The dulce de leche cheesecake is an awesome way to end things. A lovely meringue-style foam on top of slightly-frozen caramel-flavoured cheesecake, and a truly excellent smear of sweet chocolate paste. It’s arguably one of the most delicious desserts in Manchester, a perfect follow-up to an exceptional Sunday lunch.
Peru Perdu is one of the most unique restaurants to hit Manchester in a long while. The dishes are fresh, exciting and full of flavour, and even when they veer into traditional British dishes, they more than match up to the best of Manchester.