FEEDING OUR IMAGINATIONS: SYDNEY'S MOST INSPIRING RESTAURANTS

As designers, we are continually translating the world into our work, taking inspiration from our surroundings to inform our projects in unique ways.

Restaurant interiors, particularly, are a constant source of inspiration, especially in Sydney where restaurateurs have fully embraced the old saying, ‘we eat first with our eyes.’ For us, dining out is an aesthetic experience as much as it is a culinary one, as we gobble up ideas for provocative compositions, creative use of colour and an enriching take of materials and textures.

We invite you to some of our favourite spots that feed our mouths and minds alike.

Franca – Potts Point

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Franca is a little slice of Paris just a hop, skip and jump away from our studio; all charm and elegance with its cherry red velvet chairs, parquetry floors and marble detailing. You feel chic, and all at once at home and far away, simply sitting in one of their green leather booths.

Fred’s – Paddington

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The moment you walk through the front door at Fred’s there is a distinct feeling of coming home. A home that is always warm and welcoming, with the most saliva-inducing scents wafting from the stove. The centre-piece is the open-plan kitchen complete with an island-bench and front row seats to the kitchen theatrics.

French farmhouse style is at work with its cream-painted bricks, wooden bench tops and a wall of vintage cutting boards, all adding to the week-long relaxed vibe usually only reserved for long Sunday lunches with family and friends.

Blanca – Bondi

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True to its name, Blanca’s interior unfolds in a monochromatic palette of crisp, white textured walls with contrasting dark furniture. It’s minimal elegance at its best, reflecting the refined atmosphere of Bondi and drawing focus to the culinary adventure of Japanese Mediterranean fusion. Sometimes simple is best.

 Bert’s – Newport

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Part high-end brasserie, part 1930’s holiday manor, stepping inside Bert’s is to be transported to an altogether more decadent, bygone era.

An olive green and pink palette continues the old-school attitude, while vintage tropical prints, pastel panelled walls and rattan furniture create a sense of vacation glamour, perfectly complimenting the seafood heavy menu.

Fonda – Bondi

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A vibrant and youthful palette of rust, blush pink and powder blue welcomes those who walk through Fonda’s doors.

Studio Esteta, the team behind the restaurant’s fit out, took inspiration from modern Mexican architecture choosing curved and arch shapes to create a warm and welcoming setting that stays true to the brand’s motto of ‘mi casa, su casa.’

The textured wall finishes, rattan screens and rust-toned encaustic tiles all contribute to the feeling of stepping inside an authentic Mexican eatery.

Reign - Sydney

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Like the love-child of a Marie Antoinette palace and Millennial pink cocktail bar, Reign offers the kind of setting that demands decadent dinners and more than a few glasses of fizz.

The interior is a haven of blush pink tones and brass detailing. No luxury has been spared: marble clads almost every surface and Romanesque grand arched windows overlook Town Hall and George Street.