Katje Ford

Martin Place has a new addition to its dining landscape with the launch of Alejandro Saravia’s Morena.

The restaurant opens its doors on 15 April, and is the first Sydney location for the Farmer’s Daughters chef.

While the Saravia is renowned for his hyper-local approach to cooking, Morena is an homage to his Latin American background, with dishes inspired by the cuisines of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina.

Saravia has worked closely with New South Wales producers to develop relationships, who are supplying the restaurant alongside interstate farmers and Latin American suppliers.

The 200-seater is located in the GPO Building and encompasses multiple areas including an atrium dining space, main dining room, private dining options, bar seating, and outdoor terrace areas.

Saravia is leading the team and has rounded out the kitchen brigade with Renascence Group Head Chef Samuel Rivas and Head Chef Gianni Moretto.

“With Morena, I aim to create a culinary journey that transcends borders, celebrating the rich tapestry of flavours inspired by my Latin American heritage,” says Saravia.

“We really want to change Australians’ perspectives of Latin American cuisine and I want to showcase the diverse history of food in these great nations.

“Each dish at Morena will tell a story, and I want to ensure that I preserve the roots and authentic flavours.”

Launch dishes include several different types of ceviche – think snapper, king prawn, and yellowfin tuna, with Abrolhos Island scallops with parmesan cream, lime, and amarillo butter also making the starters section.

Larger plates of suckling pig with mojo sauce and lamb picanha with cachaca marinade are also sure to be a hit with diners.

The restaurant’s cocktail menu features 12 options that focus on Latin American spirits including a pisco sour, the Morena Punch, and the Santa Clara, which is a herbal daiquiri made with an Argentinian tincture.

The wine list shines a light on producers from Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, with drops also sourced from Australia and Europe.

Bookings are now open – Morena will operate for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, offering a reduced menu between 3-5pm.

A coffee window is also open from 7am daily.