Julia Child, the American chef and television personality once said, “ People who love to eat are always the best people”. And I couldn’t agree more. While A certain cuisine and our taste for it might be the reason why we go to a certain restaurant, however, the ambience of the place itself is no less a contributing cause to the whole experience. Continuing in this vein, this week, I visited Depot 48, the new industrial chic eatery in town and the latest addition to the successfully established Depot 29 family. I met Vikas Narula, the co-founder of this South Delhi based restaurant, and we talked about his experience of conceptualising the scheme and design of his newest baby.
Now then as much as I love food myself and a self confessed Taco-holic, when I started this blog I made a rule that we just won’t feature any food recipes or food related stories. Yet here I am trying not to talk about food and a whole aesthetica around it. (Just to add in, we did feature a recipe for green tea in a post before). But getting back to the context of design, this single story Tex-Mex cuisine restaurant of about 1250 sq. ft. has a perfect example of industrial look based interiors with rebar, Edison bulbs and acoustic material cleverly integrated with mild steel wall art on painted naked brick wall. With interesting black and white photos, the retro audio cassette in between rebars screen which is almost a sculpture referring to the live gigs that Depot is famous for otherwise and the wooden furniture to add that warmth and sturdy coziness to a normally cold and crusted industrial look in general.
The dark stone cladded bar counter adds a distinctive look to the place and the wicker back bar stools bring in the relief with their vintage warmth.
The Edison bulbs which have recently become the quintessential choice in an industrial look, have been put up here in a very sophisticated manner. Not to forget the wall hung MS and concrete looking acoustic material art work, which not only makes this place have world class acoustics needed for the ever frequent live performances but also it is a great reminiscent of the 80’s style of interiors.
Considering it is a 1250 sq. ft. space with kitchen and toilet included, the look has been kept subtle with interesting accents adding up to the character of this eatery.
To finish, it just did not feel right to not share my food experience. So here is a slice of it – the very highlight of a fab meal was the dessert, as good looking as it was in taste. I ordered waffles with wild berry compote and mascarpone cheese and loved every bite of it. And if this doesn’t add to the temptation of checking out this edgy, interesting, art-inspired cultural space plus eatery, then I don’t know what will.