Peruvian food isn’t a commonly found cuisine in Perth, but boy is it one I’d love to see more of. Fresh ceviches, well respected beef and some delightful drinks that include the addictive pisco sour. Pan Pacific’s restaurant Uma has us covered though!
Executive Chef Alejandro has designed their à la carte menu, utilising local and seasonal produce, and it truly sings.
I’ve gone a few times and I have to say there are some dishes that have really stayed with me. Like the ceviche peruano (lightly cured Shark Bay fish, ‘leche de tigre’, charred sweet corn and caramelised sweet potato) or the tiradito de jurel (lightly cured amberjack with spring onions, crispy seaweed tempura and turmeric ‘tigers milk’). There’s no denying these guys know how to do ceviche justice, and play with levels of heat and acidity with aplomb.
As a self-confessed beef tartare addict, the tartare de ternera caught my eye immediately upon dining here. It’s a truly interesting take on a French classic – where they use the fat from the beef to flavour it rather than acids or sauces. The result is very savoury and quite unusual. It’s confusingly tasty, especially with the addition of the pickled cauliflower, capers and thin potato chips to accompany.
But despite all of the above, it’s actually the egg yolk bread with whipped feta and garlic dip, and toasted buckwheat oil that had me reeling. YUM. A definite must order – deceivingly simple in it’s description but it’s a flavour bomb.
The mains are heavy and hearty. I almost liken them to winter foods with their beef, cheese and potato angles but who am I kidding – I could eat them all year round.
Especially those potatoes. They’re like pimped up tots and just ridiculously good with that cheese sauce over the top. I’d like to lie in bed and eat them all day on a rainy Sunday. But that’s just me.
The desserts were a delight. Flan and a bread pudding when we were there but the current menu has other options. But we did also get the alfajour which is corn flour shortbread with Peruvian caramel. OH BOY. If they sold these in boxes I’d buy them all. And hate myself. And also be ridiculously happy with myself at the same time. They’re that good.