Burma Burma – A Multi-sen­sory Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

VMRD - - Contents - Chand P Ku­mar

Just step into this new culi­nary hotspot in Ban­ga­lore, and you will be trans­ported to the land of golden pago­das with its multi-sen­sory din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Prob­a­bly that’s why the founders named it Burma Burma! De­signed by Min­nie Bhatt, the restau­rant and tea-room re­flects the warmth, his­tory and vi­brant cul­ture of Myan­mar (for­merly Burma).

Af­ter suc­cess­fully launch­ing in Gur­gaon, Delhi and Mumbai, the founders of Burma Burma - Ankit Gupta and Chi­rag Ch­ha­jer - opened an­other out­let in the heart of Ben­galuru, Indi­rana­gar. Bustling even dur­ing lunch hours on week­days, Burma has gath­ered popularity for its au­then­tic Burmese cui­sine which re­flects a his­tory in­spired by sur­round­ing coun­tries and an­cient tra­di­tions. The restau­rant in­dulges its pa­trons through an am­bi­ence that re­flects the Burmese cul­ture, art and cui­sine pre­sented in dra­matic ways.

The ter­ra­cotta lat­ticed fa­cade of Burma stand­outs out on the busy street brim­ming with chic stores and restau­rants, cre­at­ing cu­rios­ity among passersby to ex­plore the gas­tro­nom­i­cal de­lights of this Asian joint. Un­like other lo­ca­tions, this Burma doesn’t ad­here to any par­tic­u­lar el­e­ment from Burmese cul­ture. It is, in fact, a de­pic­tion of chang­ing Burma. A Burma that’s fast evolv­ing yet stands rooted in its core tra­di­tions and keep­ing its cul­ture in­tact. Re­tain­ing the same aes­thet­ics, this out­let was de­signed to be a vis­ually fluid jour­ney through Burma. Burmese el­e­ments in­spired by trav­els to the coun­try like the weath­ered stone walls of the pago­das con­trast the an­tique em­bel­lish­ments; the lac­quered fur­ni­ture and the warm colours of the thangka paint­ings... The decor in­te­grates these in a con­tem­po­rary style into the in­te­ri­ors of the restau­rant to cre­ate a mood that is warm, earthy yet lively.

The hues of Burmese food formed a large part of colour pal­ette of the restau­rant. The warm tones of brown, yel­low and orange have been present in all out­lets of the brand. Some es­sen­tial de­sign el­e­ments of the space in­cludes the pendant lights in the cen­tral area of the restau­rant that are cus­tomised and de­signed with Burmese mo­tifs, in feather con­crete and metal.

The wall to the right of the restau­rant is a vis­ual de­pic­tion of the weath­ered an­cient walls of the pago­das in Burma which have their own story to tell. Burma be­ing an an­cient cul­ture, there is a lot of his­tory that

these walls hold. The de­signer cre­ated the wall by hav­ing an artist etch se­porex blocks and dis­played arte­facts on it.

A promi­nent de­sign el­e­ment of the space is the fairly large tea bar to the left of the restau­rant, with a dis­play of tea pots and

Ankit Gupta, Co-founder, Burma

The brief to the de­signer was to trans­port a guest to Myan­mar when he/she en­ters the restau­rant and a venue which re­flects the cul­ture, tra­di­tion, our fam­ily his­tory and pre­served art form of Burma. We wanted the space to re­flect the tem­ples of Ba­gan, the royal houses of the dig­ni­taries and the use of vi­brant longyis. In less than 4 years, we are al­ready in 5 cities of In­dia and are look­ing at open­ing in 4 more in the next 3 years and to en­ter In­ter­na­tional mar­ket too.

tea can­is­ters in wooden cab­i­nets. Tea is an es­sen­tial part of the Burmese cul­ture, and the Burma tea­room en­sures the ex­pe­ri­ence is truly teatas­tic! Boast­ing more than 30 hand-picked flavours from around the world, finely cu­rated to en­sure each blend com­pli­ments spe­cific dishes on the menu. Some of the spe­cial fla­vors in­clude Bub­blegum Tea, Ayurveda Teatox and the sig­na­ture Burma blend.

To sum it up, the space al­lows the city dwellers to step away from the mad­ness of the con­crete jun­gle, and in­dulge in some com­fort food and drink, topped with great warmth and ser­vice.

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