About the project
LW Design was tasked with creating a unique Italian restaurant on the 18th Floor of the Al Bandar Rotana hotel. Gusto – Al Bandar Rotana, Dubai is the only signature restaurant in the hotel, which has an outdoor terrace overlooking the Deira creek side and the Dubai Skyline. The client wanted a space that was elegant, romantic and sophisticated to complement the spectacular views. The fitout was executed by Decovision.
The overall design was meant to draw inspiration from the Italian countryside but to be implemented in a subtle and soft manner. The client wanted the restaurant to be flexible and cater to larger groups as well as communal tables for single businessmen.
The design also includes a central bar for guests to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, while still sustaining a large selection of drinks as well as a small section dedicated for display. A small show kitchen with a glass cladding was incorporated to add another layer of activity and interest to the space.
Finally, the outdoor terrace was designed to be the main talking point of the restaurant. The client envisioned a large feature tree to be the focal point on the terrace from which candles could be suspended, drawing guests from the inside out. A combination of high and low seating options was added to allow guests to enjoy dinner or a pre-dinner drink experience. The result was to be a cohesive space blending the inside and out while maximizing seating and views across the iconic Dubai.
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