Eat, drink, and explore. After a year that for the most part had us confined in our homes, there's no doubt that this will be at the top of most people’s agendas heading into the New Year. Culinary excellence and interior design go hand in hand, so let’s look at some of restaurants and café’s doing it best around Australia.
Budapest Café – Melbourne
Contrasts of dark terracotta and soft muted tones give the Budapest Café the iconic look that can make you feel like you’re in a modern abstract dream. The pastel-coloured café plays on Wes Anderson film style with smooth round structures paired with distinct straight lines. The illustrious Biasol Design Studio have created a true gem and with a menu as exciting as the interior, the Budapest Café is a must.
Mez Club – Byron Bay
Recently revamped by none other than Australian designer Crystal Bailey, Mez Club brings authentic Mediterranean tranquillity to the shores of Byron Bay. Whitewashed walls with floor to ceiling open doors all to enjoy an artisan cocktail and simple yet deliciously authentic sharing plates. Natural and whitewashed wood features add organic texture that is synonymous with Greek style, while hanging pendants add the Moroccan poise that Crystal Bailey envisioned. Whatever the occasion, Mez Club will transport you to another world, one where nothing matters other than having a good time.
Osteria Oggi - Adelaide
Being one of the food and wine hubs of Australia, it takes a lot to rise to the top of
Adelaide’s culinary scene. This was a challenge that the acclaimed team behind Osteria Oggi set out to conquer in 2015, and they did just that. Rounded arches and long stone dining tables create a seamless amalgamation of modern and traditional Italian style, which is perfectly represented by the menu as well. The round marble table that spans through the entrance adds a sense of casual and social energy that invites people to converse over fresh pasta and local and Italian wine. Osteria Oggi won the coveted Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture, and for good reason.
Agnes - Brisbane
Designed by Amok Studio, Agnes celebrates ‘the theatre of wood-fire cooking’, with a warm, industrial appeal enclosed in weathered concrete and render. By making the pre-existing space the hero, the team at Amok were able to capture a juxtaposition between an old school industrial feel with a modern elegant finish. Brisbane’s culinary scene is certainly on the rise and Agnes is right at the forefront.
Shutters – Sydney
Botanical yet coastal, Shutters bar and restaurant is a light drenched paradise in the heart of Coogee beach. As suggested by the name, the space is defined by extensive shutters that spills a warm glow on the stucco rendered walls and turquois fabric seats. Marble and terrazzo tie in elegantly with custom rattan dining chairs that will make you want to never leave.