About — Uma & Alejandro
Born in Peru, Alejandro Saravia went from Peruvian culinary school at 16, to cooking in some of the world’s top restaurants, including The Fat Duck in London under Heston Blumenthal. In 2007, a year after he arrived in Sydney, Alejandro founded A Taste of Peru where he shared his knowledge of Peruvian food through degustations, cooking classes and gourmet tours.
Known for bringing Peruvian cuisine to Australia, Alejandro feels it’s his responsibility, both as a Peruvian and as a chef, to show Australia what Peru has to offer. He opened two celebrated Peruvian restaurants in the country – Morena in Sydney and critically acclaimed Pastuso in Melbourne.
Alejandro was looking for his next project. When he met with Pan Pacific Perth, he realised they shared a vision – to create a high quality hospitality experience in Perth, an exceptional restaurant within an established hotel setting. Alejandro and Pan Pacific wanted to celebrate local artisans, as well as Western Australia’s best produce.
It started with Uma’s design. Pan Pacific Perth commissioned Perth design studio State of Kin, whose recent projects included commercial designs Tighe Jewellery Studio, Little Bao and 2 Fat Indians.
Drawing upon the iconic work of Australian painter John Olsen, State of Kin have used similar techniques creating a space that is both elegant and contemporary. Uma has fluid seating and curved forms, as well as an elevated dining space and tucked away booths, giving both small and large groups intimate dining experiences.
The colour palette is uniquely Australian and represents the Peruvian cuisine – burgundy, dusty blue and terracotta. These walls feature artworks that bring texture and interest to the space, and with windows overlooking Pan Pacfic’s pool, UMA evokes a sense of opulence that’s both timeless and sophisticated.
On the back of his success with Sydney’s Morena and Melbourne’s Pastuso, chef Alejandro knew his Peruvian food would be well received in Western Australia.
One of Alejandro’s passions is working with local ingredients to plate up food that reflects the location surrounding him. Uma is no different. Starring produce offerings from the most sustainable farmers in our state, chef Alejandro has created a contemporary fusion of traditional Peruvian flavours and cooking techniques. Uma will give you a taste of Peru but also a snapshot of the fantastic produce here in our state.