Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Middle East & Africa Restaurant


The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Middle East and Africa category is open to all restaurant spaces situated in these areas, and the winner of this category is eligible for selection as the Best International Restaurant award, which will be revealed at the October Awards ceremony. The judges shortlist comprises of the seven entries below.


A playful layout has been created in Yasmeen Al Sham, United Arab Emirates, with different levels to provide diversity. 4SPACE used the furniture design to enhance the Jasmine floral theme and is very modern and simple with natural looking custom furniture for alfresco dining.


Using elements of fire, smoke and heat, Nar in the United Arab Emirates, alludes to the name (meaning ‘hot’ in arabic). Brand Creative created a tribute to the region’s pop culture and bedouin heritage with an overall nod to an industrialist aesthetic.

Nandos al hamra

This Nando’s at Al Hamra Mall in United Arab Emirates is designed by Keane Brands focusing on the striking, organically shaped timber ceiling lattice, fabricated from triangular timber elements which rise and fall to give the impression of energy and movement. The designers have created an engaging and energetic scheme, that has an integral outdoor area running seamlessly from the internal space.


A dramatic and sultry design, Mint Leaf of London draws inspiration from ethnic Indian roots, through both culture and cuisine. Both the restaurant and lounge in this United Arab Emirates venue are canopied by decorative edge lit ceilings, while the central feature bar challenged LW Design with the uneven flooring levels, where a sunken pool had originally been allocated.


A vintage seaside theme is executed in Geales Restaurant, United Arab Emirates with a contemporary, yet subtle approach to ‘all things British’. LW Design used a monochromatic palette accented by pale blues with strong graphic patterns and dark timber flooring. Wing chairs feature handpainted recipes and the counter fronts are decorated with white tiles and angled surfaces forming a Union Jack design.

market kitchen

Launching the first Market Kitchen in the UAE, LW Design used lighting to transform the restaurant from day to night, while full height glazed windows create a visual experience and interest from the exterior. Inspired by warehouses, hoist cranes and slide rails were refined and reinterpreted into a decorative cluster of metal pendants at staggered heights, floating within the double vaulted space.


Designers Mark Rielly & Jon Case refurbished Balducci (South Africa), a restaurant at the prestigious V&A Waterfront, reclaiming some of the original materials and reintroducing them in new, exciting ways. The space has an industrial edge which is complimented by the warm, luxurious leather seating and eclectic décor. The result is a fresh, contemporary take on the existing Italian-inspired space.

Each of the shortlisted entries are viewable on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from links below.

Balducci (South Africa) Mark Rielly & Jon Case
Geales (United Arab Emirates) LW Design

Market Kitchen (United Arab Emirates) LW Design

Mint Leaf of London (United Arab Emirates) LW Design

Nando’s, Al Hamra Mall (United Arab Emirates) Keane Brands

Nar (United Arab Emirates) Brand Creative
Yasmeen Al Sham (United Arab Emirates) 4SPACE

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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