After hearing so much about Perron, the trendy Mexican restaurant in Illovo, I finally decided to try it out for myself recently, and I’m so glad I did! This upmarket spot ticks all the boxes – delicious cocktails, tasty food, funky décor and a vibey ambiance! Let me tell you more.
My boyfriend, Nik, and I arrived at Perron on a warm Saturday evening and were seated at a table framed by wonderfully loud, pink and turquoise walls. Our friendly waiter came over right away and took our drinks order. I went for the Delicias de Fruta, which is a blend of raspberry vodka, orange liqueur, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice, and Nik ordered a Classic Mojito.
Our drinks came out quickly, and they were great! My cocktail especially was something really different – and potent, I might add! If you’re a pink drink kind of gal, you’ve got to try it. We then decided that we’d order a number of small dishes to share and went for the Jalapeno Poppers, Sweet Potato on Corn Fritters, Slow Cooked Pork Taco, Popcorn Pollo Taco and Fish Taco.
Every dish presented a burst of flavour of its own. My favourite had to be the Fish Taco – the battered fish filling was just delicious! Second favourite was the Popcorn Pollo Taco, which was filled with fried chicken breast. It was so tasty! The only dish I didn’t really enjoy was the Sweet Potato on Corn Fritters – I felt that the fritters themselves should’ve been a bit more crispy.
After finishing every last crumb of deliciousness on our plates, we were stuffed, but certainly not too stuffed enough to miss out on dessert! We ordered both the Churros (rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with a chocolate dipping sauce) and the Arancini (deep fried coconut rice pudding with roasted apple, crema and cinnamon). The desserts were beautifully presented and really hit the spot.
I definitely want to return to Perron to indulge in some of their others dishes as well as try one of their real Mexican tequilas, which I hear are a delight. I saw waiters carrying tequila out all night, and noticed that it’s served with spiced tomato juice, which I like the sound of!
Overall, I really enjoyed Perron – it’s fun, it’s trendy, the service is enthusiastic, the food is great and it’s certainly a hotspot of note. I wouldn’t classify it as ‘authentic Mexican’, because it’s not, but it’s still downright delicious! If you’re looking for a fabulous spot for a date night, a girls’ night out or a birthday dinner, give Perron a try. Just be sure to book well in advance, as they’re always busy!
By Candice May