WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Architect and Interiors India|June 2020

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
LÁZARO ROSA-VIOLAN’S RAINFOREST-INSPIRED AMAZÓNICO OPENS IN DUBAI
SHALAKA PARADKAR

Originally opened in 2010 by husband-and-wife restaurateur team Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, Amazónico quickly became one of Madrid’s most-popular restaurants. Now the Spanish icon has landed in Dubai, with all the gloriously lush foliage and hot design flourishes you would expect.

Amazónico Dubai, situated in the heart of the business district in DIFC, is the couple’s second restaurant to open outside of Spain – the first was in Mayfair, London – and has been similarly inspired by the cultural diversity and gastronomic heritage of the Amazon region. The couple chose Dubai for its multicultural vibe; it helps that the city has already embraced Latin American cuisine through several standout restaurants.

“To create Amazónico, we truly delved into the foundations of South American culture and explored the elements of their cuisine, their eating rituals and how they enjoy meals,” says chef Sandro Silva, also the co-founder.

That journey down the Amazon involves navigating three storeys of a joyful, jungle-themed interior designed by Catalan artist-interior designer Lázaro Rosa Violan.

While the menu pays tribute to a rich culinary heritage that blends influences from South America, Europe and Asia; the interiors – already an Instagram sensation in a city that has no dearth of gorgeous venues – are a symphony of emerald green and gold, warmed up by natural wood tones. This more-is-more aesthetic works well in the space, as the materials and finishes are all supremely luxurious.

The fit-out contractor for the 12,800 sq-ft restaurant was BW Interiors, and the project was executed over a five-month period from June to December 2019. While quite a good deal of the furniture and furnishings – the handmade ceramic tiles and the acres of deep pile moss-green carpets – came from Spain, BW Interiors’ in-house joinery and metalwork divisions were responsible for many of the exquisite, bespoke accents in the scheme.

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