With Ten Acre Block, Alejandro Saravia and his team take fine-dining in a plant-based direction, with a seasonal tasting menu and an all-vegan drinks list.
Opening a plant-based restaurant is bold. Doing it in a five-star hotel at a quiet end of town during a pandemic? That’s something else. Yet despite the challenges, Ten Acre Block, which started life as a vegan fine-dining pop-up, has now gone on to earn a permanent home at the Pan Pacific Hotel, even if it’s still in a temporary spot at Bar Uma.
Vegetables are the main event at this destination venue (one of a few helping revive the scene on Adelaide Terrace) and the coral and tan-hued room is regularly filled with a range of groups and couples determined to try the $69 set menu. “Treats from the Patch” – crisp sweet potato tartines with salted macadamia labneh and crisp heirloom radish – open the show in a lined wooden box. And heirloom vegetable aficionados will recognise the tomatoes from Warren Grange in a dish the team call “Summer at the Mediterranean” – a plate of colour and flavour propped up asparagus, romesco sauce and sweet, char-grilled apricots.
Like Uma, Ten Acre Block keeps the focus squarely on local farmers and producers, and this ethos flows through to the succinct, WA-focused drink list that’s – bonus – all vegan.
“Eye of Plant 2.0”, meanwhile, functions as the main course, with braised eggplant sauced with demi-glace taking the lead role. It’s the only dish served hot, with the remainder prepped at the bar by head chef Gianni Moretto, who works to a vision developed with Alejandro Saravia, of neighbouring Uma. Like Uma, Ten Acre Block keeps the focus squarely on local farmers and producers, and this ethos flows through to the succinct, WA-focused drink list that’s – bonus – all vegan.
The adventures in flavour and texture continue to the finale, with a dark-chocolate tart prefacing inventive petit fours, including a mud cake peanut-butter cup that’s equal parts rich, decadent and just plain fun. With an ethos that puts flavour first and no compromise on their vision, Ten Acre is, perhaps, a glimpse of the future, with food for everyone and spirit to match.