Design embraces culture, pays homage to remarkable city
EMBRACING CULTURE THROUGH VIBRANT COLORS AND AUTHENTIC DECOR, this fast-casual restaurant takes inspiration from the streets, tea rooms, and cafes of Mumbai. Touches that transport diners to another world include a large mural with Devanagari script, photos taken during the design team’s tour of the city, hardcover menus patterned after Mumbai schoolbooks, and door pulls from one of the country’s largest markets, the Chor Bazaar.
Evoking energy and warmth, three distinct areas provide different dining experiences—a tea room, streets of Mumbai, and the old Parsi/Irai café. Whetting appetites, ceiling fans infuse the air with flavorful aromas. Hanging menus greet customers at the order counter. Featuring a zinc countertop and walnut archway, the area pays homage to the old cafes of Bombay, where similar spaces are a quintessential element.
BOMBAY STREET FOOD | Toronto
size 2,152 sf
completion May 2016
photos David Whittaker Photography
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Jump Branding & Design
design, lighting design, artwork/signage/graphics
Rusted corrugated metal—a material often used in the old retail spaces lining Mumbai’s streets—clads a wall. Two aspirational messages in handwritten script on the metal surface resemble graffiti. Two styles of bent wood chairs also acknowledge the city’s cafes. A back room decorated with family photographs provides a personal touch and creates a bistro feel. Geometric tiles, sepia prints, glass lanterns, and brass tiffen boxes further enhance the culinary experience.