Tomatina

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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

Con­struc­tion con­trac­tor

Ramesh N S, Akash

Fur­ni­ture

Nishu Jouhari, Es­sen­tially Metal

Mu­rals

Madhu chan­drika, Earthen Sym­phony

Pho­tog­ra­pher

Manoj Masand

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

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