THE secret’s out. Our suspicions proved right. Peru Perdu will bring the tastes of South America to The Cotton Factory, replacing debut pop-up El Camino (that Mexican concept has retrenched to a permanent home in Urmston).
Expect radically different Latin-themed food, featuring U.W.A Uruguayan Wet Aged grass-fed steaks, ceviches and a selection of plant based small & large plates. The prospect of the sizzling 400g rib-eye, above, served with served with La Brasa marinade, chimmichuri butter, aji amarillo, bearnaise or peppercorn has unleashed our inner gaucho (be interesting to compare the beef with that namesake rival).
The Cotton Factory, minus the Mexican memorabilia, will host this all-day dining newcomer in its 80-cover space inside the Whitworth Locke aparthotel. The atrium lobby bar will get in on the act, dispensing pisco sours and other signature South American cocktails. an exclusively South American wine list will offer five Malbecs by the glass plus a lesser known red, Uruguayan speciality Tannat.
We’d drink spicy whites such as Torrontes to accompany Peruvian national dish ceviche – fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají, chili peppers or other seasonings including chopped onions, salt, and coriander.
David Gale, ex Soho House NYC, Rossetti, Hilton Deansgate and now One88 Kitchen + Bar Whitefield, is the consultant chef on the takeover, which kicks off in November.
The open kitchen remains at the heart of the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the chefs in action from the chef’s table. The open plan seating area gives customers the option of booths, benches, or the 16-seat private dining room. A new station, serving up “Ceviche & Chandon” looks a cute move.
Food will be served daily from 12pm every weekday, opening slightly earlier at the weekends at 10am for brunch diners. Dishes will be available to take away, with menus for bottomless brunch on Saturdays in addition to traditional roasts on Sunday.
Youri Michel, director from The Initiative Group, said: “Manchester is crying out for an offering like this from Peru Perdu, it’s fresh and young, packed full of healthy flavours and bright colours. It will bring a vibrant energy to the restaurant as the winter months close in. I can’t wait to reveal it to the city.”
The Peru Perdu concept comes from Miam Miam Glou Glou, a boutique hospitality consultancy, whose core team includes Angus Cameron Pride, whose Manc CV includes Gaucho, The Alchemist and Evelyn’s.
The Cotton Factory is Manchester’s first permanent residency restaurant and will continue to have an ever-evolving food and drink offering, showcasing cuisine from all over the globe with an abundance of pop-up feasts in collaboration with up and coming food traders.
Peru Perdu at The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD.