Here’s Tomatina, a Bangalore-based restaurant with a dash of Spanish flavour and which is dedicated to wooing customers with its signature vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Conceptualized by Acme Designers, the restaurant design blends inspirations from Spanish architecture into an ambience just right for a pleasant dining experience.
Tomatina, which was opened earlier this year in Bangalore, offers pure vegetarian cuisine with a range of vegetarian signature dishes and a special Jain menu in a clean, hygienic and fresh ambience.
“We have created a space for family get -togethers and corporate PDR areas where lunch and conference can be taken care of. We have achieved a very cosy, comfortable and safe ambience for the families with elders and kids too,” says Himunshu Sangvi, Managing Director, Tomatina.
Created by Acme Designers, the design firm was briefed to conceptualize a theme based restaurant which reflects its name “Tomatina,” a festival that is held in Buñol, Spain in which participants get involved in a tomato fight purely for fun.
“We were inspired by Spanish architecture, and we did a bit of research on elements and style of Spanish culture which reflects in the restaurant. The space has been designed to cater to all types of customers which was a major requirement from the client side to build their brand,” says Sunita, Chief Architect, ACME Designers.
The restaurant’s dining space has been divided into three zones one of which includes a regular dining hall attached with a private dining room for 12, ideal for a family get together or a corporate lunch. The space also extends into a 650 sq ft open dining area onto the terrace which overlooks the green surroundings outside.
Speaking about the on-site challenges, Sunita explains, “As it’s located on the last floor we had challenges of open roofing systems which we had to conceal and take special care in insulating the roof to reduce energy consumption in air conditioning. We have taken advantage of the height and added an open terrace to get ample day light and good ventilation.”
Intune with the name ‘Tomatino, the restaurant’s design concept takes on Spanish elements to offer a different, yet light and comfortable setting.
“To achieve a Spanish ambience we have made all the walls and ceiling corners rounded. Which, though being a small detail makes a huge difference. Added to this, we have
used washable texture paints all over to give a subtle rustic look and which yet can be maintained easily. At the main entrance lobby we have done an art work of tomato slices with lighting which creates a stunning look. Mirrors on the walls add depth and illusions along with candle lights with wrought iron scones. At a dead wall we have created a 3D graphic which creates an illusion street continuing further, which makes the wall completely lively and attractive,” Sunita says.
The interiors are bathed with indirect lighting from walls, floors, and ceiling with cove lights illuminated with red light which complements the theme.
“Using red colour as theme was quite challenging. We managed to keep it sober and balanced through natural and artificial lighting. We were happy to achieve the overall ambience in a very balanced way,” Sunita comments.
Adding to this, one zone is given an outdoor look with garden lights in classic wrought iron furniture settings.
Since it opened, Tomatina has received good response from customers for the concept of serving pure organic vegetarian food. “Our customers are delighted with our range of vegetarian cuisine, especially those who were limited to Jain cuisine. They like to dine in our restaurant over and again,” Himanshu says.
Architects and interior designers
Sunita.K, Acme designers, Bangalore
Ramesh N S, Akash
Nishu Jouhari, Essentially Metal
Madhu chandrika, Earthen Symphony
Having already opened one restaurant in Bangalore and Mysore, Tamotina plans to open few more by the year end in the city
“Tomatina,” is named after a festival that is held in Buñol, Spain in which participants get involved in a tomato fight purely for fun
The restaurant’s dining space has been divided into three zones one of which includes a private dining room for groups
To achieve a Spanish ambience, ceiling corners are rounded and washable texture paints all over to give a subtle rustic look
One of the zones is given an outdoor look with garden lights in classic wrought iron furniture settings