Historically, it can be very difficult to successfully establish a restaurant as a 'go to' location, as opposed to just being the hospitality offering withing a hotel?
Chez Mal, The French at The Midland and The River Restaurant at The Lowry come to mind, but there are few and far between in Manchester.
The recent opening of Peruperdu at Whitworth Locke seeks to do just that and on early investigation looks likely to succeed.
Influenced by the culture and importantly, the cuisine of Peru, owners Jen and Angus have brought together a strong team of knowledgable and talented chefs and floor operators who guide you through the menu choices with great passion and enthusiasm.
As a result, we opted for a selection of starters and mains (many of which, in all honesty, we had never heard of) including Sea Bass with Samphire, asparagus, tomato, macadamia nuts, Humita Sweet corn, basil, massa flour, mozarella, Picanha & turtle bean rolls with coriander and Jalapeno.
All duly arrived as a feast for our eyes.Delicate and tasty too.
Despite a difficult choice for mains, we choose TIGER MILK FRIED CHICKEN with Chilli, coriander, spring onion and PERDU BURGER Homemade patty, chimmi, beetroot brioche, gem lettuce , red onion.
Again both looked impressive and were only surpassed by their taste .My friend is already a major fan of the chicken dish and although not a major fan of beetroot, loved the variation of the brioche bun which complemented the hugely tasty Uruguayan patty which they claim is the finest/tastiest anywhere in the city. Quite a claim, but I certainly struggled to dis-agree on this visit.
And then there was the business of dessert...
House speciality is the wonderfully presented half pineapple, which served as an ideal sharer dish..
Two wines were sampled and enjoyed.
The Amaru Torrontes Rose from Argentina and the Nova Reserva Riesiling slipped down beautifully and my dining partner also enjoyed one of their speciality cocktails.
The drinks menu boasts a selection of Smoothies and pressed juices for the more health conscious of us.
We stuck to wine on this occasion.
All in all, this new format is an ambitious and challenging initiatve which is already making it's mark, with some great reviews under their belt, including this one.
Worth a note about the Steaks for you carnivores out there, Peru Perdu trail blaze the quality of the Uraguayan meats used and boldly claim to be amongst the finest anywhere in the city.
We are also delighted to welcome Peru Perdu to the Canal St Card family, with details of the benefits due asap.