At the far end of the Manly Corso, past the bustle of The Steyne, you’ll find the Peruvian-inspired Loco Madre. The idea for the beachside venue came to owner, Luke Cartwright, after an unexpected family trip to Peru.
The story goes, his mother was set to take the journey solo, but even after breaking her back refused to give up the adventure. “So, of course, we had to go with her,” says Cartwright.
The restaurant’s name was also born of his mother’s stubbornness: Loco Madre, meaning “crazy mother”.
But what surprised Cartwright more than his mum’s unflappable sense of adventure, was how amazing Peruvian cuisine is. “We realised how great this style of food is and thought with a little modern Australian influence, it could be even better,” he says.
That idea set wheels in motion. They snapped up another Manly venue (they also own Jellyfish and Beach Salt), and Loco Madre was born.