• Mince Pie Empanadas, Peruvian Private Dining and so much more at Peru Perdu

Mince Pie Empanadas, Peruvian Private Dining and so much more at Peru Perdu

23 November 2021 by Deanna Thomas

Peru Perdu, the Peruvian-inspired restaurant connected to Manchester’s Cotton Factory at Whitworth Locke might have passed you by. As it’s situated in a Grade II listed building, they’re not allowed to put up external signage, but those in the know, have discovered that this is a very special dining destination.

The 78-cover restaurant and bar opened in the winter of 2019 and was only supposed to be a six-month takeover. Thanks to the unpredictability of subsequent lockdowns and the restaurant’s popularity, it looks like it’s here to stay. And that’s great news for Manchester.

Behind the unassuming façade on a corner of Princess Street lies a tastefully colourful restaurant and bar - the UK’s first restaurant to be painted fully in the Eaton House Studios paint collection. Walls are vibrant shades of pink, interspersed with brightly patterned soft furnishings, plants and artwork. 

Diners can expect a memorable culinary experience. Peru Perdu champions the best of U.W.A (Uruguayan Wet Aged) steaks, only butchering on demand for a mindful approach to sustainability and environmental impact. These grass-fed steaks are served straight up or marinated in Peru Perdu’s house rich La Brasa marinade and paired with a choice of homemade sauces including the famous chimmi and the fiery aji Amarillo made from the Peruvian yellow chilli pepper. 

Peru Perdu also specialises in ceviche, marrying up the freshest sliced fish with sharp citrus cures and marinades. If you're wondering what to make as a stunning Christmas Day starter, Peru Perdu will be hosting a Ceviche Masterclass On Saturday 4th December, from 3pm, so you can learn how to make the perfect light dish to impress your guests.

Peru Perdu also offer a selection of punchy plant-based small and large dishes inspired by the peri-urban agriculture in Lima and using only the most seasonal of produce from local suppliers. The rest of the menu contains a selection of South American small and large plates, sides and empanadas, the signature Argentinian pastry with various savoury fillings.

The wine list is almost exclusively South American with a focus on Argentine and Chilean varietals by the bottle or glass. As you’d expect from a South American inspired venue, Pisco Sours top the còcteles menu, but they also offer a Bloody Mary station for brunch on Sundays.

This year, Peru Perdu will be putting a South American spin on festive activities. They’ve launched PAMPAS, a new private dining experience, along with festive specials, a Veuve Clicquot Festive Drag Brunch, furry friends Sunday Christmas dinner and what could be the UK’s first ever mince pie empanada...that's of course if you can be tempted away from choosing anything other than their amazing dulce de leche cheesecake...

PAMPAS takes place in the brand-new Private Dining Room, adjacent to the main restaurant where there’s a beautifully set dining table, suitable for up to 14 guests, and dogs are welcome too. There’s no room hire fee for PAMPAS and guests will be served a host of Peruvian & Uruguayan inspired dishes and sharing supercut steaks – just let Peru Perdu of any dietary requirements at least 48 hours in advance. 

A selection of drinks will accompany the food, with the finest cocktails (including martinis stirred at the table upon request) wines and wine flights. Served family style, PAMPAS Bring Me Christmas is priced at £85 per person. To book the Private Dining Room, email [email protected] or call 0161 549 0005. 

From December 1st, Peru Perdu will be opening Tuesday - Sunday during the day, for festive lunches. They’ve also added a few festival menu options including the UK’s first ever mince pie empanada - served with cream for dipping. 

For larger bookings, there’s a Christmas feasting menu showcasing the best of the menu, priced £85 per person including paired wines. There’s also a more modest but equally delicious set two course menu at £30 per person, or three courses for £35 per person. 

The Veuve Clicquot Drag Brunch returns on Saturday 18th December, 12pm - 4pm, with a full Christmas-them and a live DJ. Enjoy a tasty two-course set menu, plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival priced at £35 per person.

Peru Perdu offers a Doggy Christmas Dinner very Sunday. Whilst owners enjoy the finest South American inspired roast, furry friends can enjoy a complimentary dog Sunday roast and bone gravy (available when two or more guests are dining.) On Sunday 19th December, Peru Perdu will host the ‘Best Dressed Christmas Pooch’ competition. Three lucky winners will be decided across the day, and the winning owners will get their lunch or dinner for free. 

Peru Perdu will also be doing their own take on an advent calendar. Every day in December in the run up to Christmas, a different wine will be available at a discounted price. Choose to sit in and enjoy or to take away and have in front of the fire at home. 

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Peru Perdu, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD

Opening times: Monday - Closed, Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - Close, Saturday - Sunday: 12pm til late.