Darbaar By Abdul Yaseen - Snowden St, London

Darbaar Restaurant and Bar is Located near Shoreditch in the city of London and is the flagship site for celebrated chef Abdul Yaseen, previously of Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen and so required a certain level of design.

This 5,500 sq ft contemporary Indian restaurant has been designed to suit the brief of a shared dining experience inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. We were tasked with creating a modern day interpretation of the palaces of ancient India and so the restaurant features chandeliers, ornate mirrors and drapes to soften the huge dinig hall. The dedicated bar interior has a glamorous feel with dramatic lighting, Mahogany timbers, vibrant velvet seating and glass walls. The newly installed 8m open kitchen and cook counter has been designed to create an interaction between customer and staff and show off Abduls skills along side the chefs table. Service at Darbaar is never out of site with the wine wall being a main feature that spans across the private dining area surrounded by a red shimmer screen and beaded wall papers from Arte, giving glimpses through the service bar. The exquisite art work and tapestries depicting scenes from the Royal Courts were supplied by JFA Contracts and were handpicked from all over the world to give Darbaar the finishing touches it deserved.

Forum Bar - King St, Whalley

Already owning Forum Bar on Winkley Street in Preston Town Centre, Nanu Soda was commissioned to refurbish the previously owned retail space in The Ribble Valley village of Whalley, Lancashire. A bar and restaurant set over two floors was briefed with a soft Industrial design. The Interior palette included grey Armourcoat wall finishes against a warm oak block Herringbone flooring and white glossy subway tiling adjacent the concrete bar top. Drift wood walls and vintage designed lighting gave the client just what he wanted.

Shampan 4- Westerham

The new Indian restaurant and bar Shampan 4 which takes its name from a type of Indian boat, has become the flagship for the group, which also operates two Shampan restaurants in Bromley in south-east London and another in Welling, Kent.

The design brief was to take the original Indian restaurant design concept “to another level, setting a blueprint that stands out as a class of its own and creating a monstrous three-bar headquarters”. The result is the sultry Shampan lounge bar, with orange silk and leather seating, a bespoke glass-shard three-tiered pendant light and a seven-metre glass and marble bar. The dedicated bar and main restaurant space is split with a 16m long corridor of stone columns, Ipe hardwood flooring and illuminated silk shimmer screens. Giant sliding glass and ash screens lead into the private dining area with the Indian Garden Terrace.

The end result is a clean and elegant design with a touch of Indian glamour.

The Crossing Ale House & Kitchen - Burton-on-Trent

Situated in the famous brewing town of Burton-Upon-Trent our design brief for The Crossing was to create a traditional ‘Ale House Design’ that has the flexibility to serve as a kitchen/dining experience with Gastro Pub Feel.

The original features such as the timber floor and fireplaces were retained, where as the rest of the finishes were carefully picked to suit the historic pub. The design and layout of the pub was to open up the main trade space and at the same time create intimate areas of seating and low pendant lighting. Collective vintage displays of decorative items are clustered around the pub to give a homely feel.

The Wingerworth - Chesterfield

The 'home comforts' restaurant situated in Chesterfield has a bright interior that offers a warm welcome to their dining experience. The snug area has a bookcase detail with additional wingback chairs to give a replica feel to history of the site.

The glass wine displays offer an extensive range of the wines, which also create private areas to dine. Nanu Soda pulled together an extensive range of fabrics, finishes and colours to create a space that works as a pub and also as a restaurant. Quirky items were sourced especially for the space to add a hint of humor, for instance regal paintings on the ceilings,  the “Pooch park” or scrabble letters used as a way advertise bands and current offers.

Chom Chom - Beckenham

This is the second Chom Chom site for the team behind the flagship Canterbury site and they came back to us with a vision for opening more sites around the UK and a brief to encapsulate the essence of the Asian fusion cuisines served and a World Buffet concept. We achieved this by using various natural materials and colours and sourced bronze cast Buddha’s and 6ft wooden carved artefacts from India to enhance the flavour. We applied rustic materials to create a 14m slate wall, bamboo ceilings and doors and sticking to materials that you would find in the authentic Asian Interiors of these diverse places. Keeping the decor muted and natural created a slick modern flair at Chom chom Beckenham.

The Kings Head - Birmingham

A Birmingham landmark for more than 100 years located at the main Hagley Road and Bearwood Road junction, The Kings Head’s 19th Century look has been retained and inside you’ll find special features such as a huge solid oak staircase, ornate ceilings and exquisite Victorian tiles. Nanu Soda  was brought in to carry out a full spruce up and make the pub feel cozy and warm bringing in new window treatments, fixed seating, lighting and deep buttoning to the bar front. We created snug areas using tartan patterns and deep off black colours and rich soft navy blue leathers.

So Asia - Qatar

As an international brief, Nanu Soda designed the restaurant for So Asia in Qatar along side the Moscow site. The use of timber, leathers and different wallpaper textures all come together to enhance the atmosphere of the restaurant and create a glamorous setting.  Arabic design inspired timber structures with light floating voils were installed for families wishing to dine in private. The open cook theatre allows the smells and sounds of a fusion cuisine to capture passersby the hotel lobby