Saravia will open Morena in Sydney’s Surry Hills in October with the aim of showcasing the variety of flavours, ingredients and dishes of Latin American cuisine and tapping into the growing interest in Peruvian and other Latin American food.
“There is a huge movement towards top quality Peruvian and Latin American cuisine at the moment,” said Saravia, who has previously worked at the Fat Duck, Les Ambassadeurs, Salon Blanc and Sails at Lavender Bay.
“Peru has such a huge history in food, built on centuries of native and European cultural influences, so Peruvian and Latin American cuisine has some of the world’s most diverse and exciting flavours, ingredients and dishes. It’s definitely time for Australia to experience what great quality Peruvian cuisine is all about.”
Saravia said the restaurant will deliver fine dining service but in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
And if you’re wondering about that name Saravia said Morena is a term to describe a dark Latin woman but is often used to describe a Latina in terms of personality.
“Sassy, but down to earth; elegant and sophisticated yet fun, warm and friendly,” he was quoted as saying on hospitalitymagazine.com.au. “Think Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, Sofia Vargas and Salma Hayek.
“We want Morena to be accessible to everyone who appreciates great food and a good time and for it to encapsulate everything that’s great about the Latin American culture as well as its cuisine.
“So, not only will we serve amazing food, but customers will also get a sophisticated, fine dining experience, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere – basically everything you want a great restaurant experience to be!”
The restaurant will also have a bar — Alma Morena.