LEMON GRASS CAFE
PUBLISHED IN INDIAN ARCHITECT AND BUILDER, JANUARY 2008
Location : Phoenix Mills ,Parel, Mumbai
Client : Corum Hospitality
Project Status : Completed 2007
Built-up Area : 8000 sqft
The brand image is a reflection of the cuisine the restaurant offers. The South East Asian cuisine allowed the interior to be developed as a ‘Balinese Garden’ where all senses could be stimulated through varied experiences. The sound of water weaving through the brass bowls, the aroma of food from the live grill, the assemblage of colors creating a visual spectacle all culminate into experiencing the cuisine.
The site is nestled in a former textile mill – Phoenix Mill in Parel that now houses several commercial programs. The site is on the first floor of an existing structure, which is a combination of a cast iron frame and concrete slabs. We worked to expose the structure and occasionally even emphasize it by various treatments. Adjoining the site was an open courtyard that we extended by opening up the entire front façade.
The entrance is an assemblage of events that lead you through the courtyard to the restaurant. A staircase guides you to a void of floating rocks and once you enter the space a water wall with fresh flowers signifies the arrival of the guest.
A linear organization that extends outwards on both sides was chosen to allow for easy movement through the entire space. A low twenty-six feet continuous bar houses the live grill, dimsum bar and the beverage bar. This has been emphasized with a bar light that connects the natural sources of light to the artificial light. Linear bench seating allows for tables to attach and detach thereby creating flexible seating.