Nalini's Wholesome Street Food

Restaurant/Cafe, Workshop Space & Commercial Kitchen, 150m2, Sydney, Australia

Nalini’s Wholesome Street food is a restaurant/cafe, workshop space and commercial kitchen in Bronte, Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The client’s brief was to maintain their brand identity, an Indian street food ambience and colour palette from their original store in Bondi Junction and create their flagship environment.

Another dynamic was to create a high out put commercial kitchen that supported 2 locations and future store locations, as the head quarters. The commercial kitchen is set within the rear of the space, connecting to loading docks and rear lane access.

The workshop space is seen as the bridge connection between the front restaurant/cafe dining area and servery. As it functions as an education space, the colours are more subdued to allow for more contemplation and focus to learn.

The front of house dining area is an explosion of colour, sunflower yellow, mango, fuschia pink and turquoise blue, that layer the walls and joinery. The ceiling and floor are kept Neutral to focus on the eclectic craft- style furniture and lighting that create texture and a modern indian aesthetic.

Decorative concrete tiles form the bench tops, woven hessian pendant lighting and a bold artwork that spans the length of a 8 metre wall, that forms the key branding element to link between both previous and present locations.

Along with our design process, we adopted the principles of feng-shui within the planning frame work, rationalising the various functions of the space within the confines of the existing, narrow semi – detached terrace and the principles.

Photography: Anna White

Artist: Ian Phenna