Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester, M1 6JD – Visit Now
Review by Anne-Marie Pattenden: Peru Perdu is a stylish South American restaurant and bar on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street, decorated in an array of hot pinks and bright colours. It’s large enough to have multiple bars and dining areas, and offers a welcoming ambience and intimate lighting that make it perfect for a date or special occasion.
Tonight, we’re looking at the new Pampas private dining experience. The night begins in a cute little bar area, facing the attached Whitworth Locke hotel. Frothy Pisco Sours are closely followed by clean, smooth Belvedere vodka Martinis from the house Martini trolley. And yes, more establishments should have a Martini trolley.
From here, our charming hosts usher us through to the Pampas private dining room, showcasing a blend of soft pinks and pampas grass. Following a pleasantly dry Veuve Clicquot, we dive into a three-part ceviche sampler, paired with a wine flight. First, seabass with macadamia, peppers and chilli, which proves to be a surprisingly successful fish and nut combination. This is paired with a wonderfully fresh, grassy toned white made from the Torrontes grape, native to Argentina.
Next, Pisco cured, rich salmon and sesame seeds nestled on a crisp rice cracker; served with a rosé Torrontes. Last but not least, an almost palate-cleansingly fresh tuna ceviche, adorned with plantain crisps and partnered with a Patagonian Verum Chardonnay.
Salty Padron peppers follow, with the house special ‘superchimmi’ sauce – an addictive spin on a standard chimichurri that tastes like a chilli-spiked romesco. Alongside these, two excellent salads. One satisfyingly spicy tigermilk chicken, the other a refreshing green papaya salad.
A gorgeously fruity, smoky, Argentinian Cabernet Franc pair with a selection of Uruguayan steak cuts chargrilled medium-rare, Asado style: melt in the mouth ribeye; Churrasco sirloin marinated in garlic and parsley for 36 hours; and Pichana (rump cap), expertly cooked with mouthwatering rendered fat. These come with three brightly-coloured sauces, including the welcome return of the aforementioned superchimmi.
For the finale, a glass of peachy white dessert wine and a glass of bittersweet Argentinian digestif Fernet Branca, similar in aftertaste to Campari. Pampas launches just in time for Christmas, so naturally, there was a nod to the season in the form of cute little mince pie empanadas. The dessert, however, is a pastry-encased dulce de leche cheesecake, topped with Italian meringue and freeze-dried raspberries, gloriously enhanced by the inspired addition of a touch of salt to bring out the best of the traditional caramel flavours.
Peru Perdu has always been something special, and this new private dining experience is the ideal chance to see this magnificent restaurant at its very best.