Dining in Mexican Style : La Tratto Santa Lucia

Today we invite you on a virtual tour of an eclectic restaurant located in the historic center of the Mexican city of Merida, in the well-known Yucatan peninsula. Spreading over 383 square meters in a colonial building listed as a historic monument, “La Tratto” Santa Lucia defines itself as an Italian restaurant with an eclectic […]

Most Popular Restaurants Googled in 2013

Sushi master Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu Restaurant was most-Googled in 2013, followed by NoMad Restaurant and Mas (farmhouse). Google has unveiled their list of the most searched-for restaurants of 2013 in the US, and, not-surprisingly, all-star eateries in New York dominate the list. The most popular restaurant list is part of Google’s annual Zeitgeist list for […]

Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge Opens Up In Miami Beach

After setting up outlets for top entertainment and night life experience in Dubai and Milano, Roberto Cavalli heads to Miami to woo merry makers just in time for the festive season. Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge has opened its doors to be crowned as the designer’s first entertainment location in the US. A must visit […]

Kingsley Smith, Founder of Chophouse and the infamous Kingsley’s Steakhouse & Crabhouse talks brand, property and a new Bondi Beach venture by the China Doll operators ‘China Diner’.

Starting his first restaurant in King Street at the fresh-faced age of 24, the venture was so successful that Kingsley Smith then went on to open Kingsley’s Woolloomooloo, Brisbane, Canberra and the Chophouse in the CBD of Sydney. With each venue institutional in its own right, Kingsley conglomerated the organisation of restaurants to form Pacific […]

Stunningly Inviting Shenzhen Restaurant Boasting Attention to Details

The GAGA restaurant welcomes guests in an inspiring setting. The brand behind this particular restaurant accentuate their attention to details using shapes, colors and light in decorating the place where individual taste is happily satisfied: “Gaga’s care for quality is also visible in other details; from individually customized tableware to decorative pieces. No two items […]


A $1 million refurbishment just completed at Bannisters, Mollymook on the NSW south coast sees this much-loved coastal retreat unveil a great new beach-inspired look. In Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant, a stunning new lobby area has been added, best described as coastal chic with Mediterranean accents. An entire wall of ceiling to floor handmade […]

Ukrainian Odessa Restaurant Boasting An Impressive Rope Design

The city of Kiev is not only and interesting place to visit, but also a place where modern design spreads its wings more and more. The well-known Odessa Restaurant first opened in 1962 was revamped to suit a modern client base and keep up to date with contemporary dining experiences. YOD Design Lab were the […]

Singer Pete Murray has bought into a Byron Bay restaurant, but his old digs are still for sale.

Singer-songwriter Pete Murray has changed his tune and started a restaurant in Byron Bay. Instead of touring the US this year, Murray opted to open Frankie Brown Cafe – named after Murray’s pet kelpie – with old friends Sally and Brad Cook. Diners will enjoy the occasional performance by Murray as well as a few […]

Food Extravaganza In London: Sketch – One Of The World’s Finest Restaurants

One of the most exclusive places to go out for dinner in London is Sketch. A place like no other, Sketch is pretentious, artistic and complex. Here, art meets food and food becomes art. And what a “tasteful” duo it is! French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz conceived Sketch as a complex […]

Chef Susur Lee to Open Restaurant at One World Trade Center

Chef Susur Lee has become the first chef to announce plans to open a restaurant at the iconic One World Trade Center in New York. In partnership with the China Center New York, which will serve as a gateway for Chinese companies to the US and take up permanent residence at the tower in 2015, […]

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Launches a Sky-Top Lounge for Champagne Lovers

The nearly 150-year-old Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, located on the southernmost tip of the Cap d’Antibes, France, has unveiled a lounge dedicated exclusively to Champagne. The outdoor space, which is open to guests and nonguests alike from mid-May through September, looks out to the hotel’s infinity pool and the Mediterranean Sea. Patrons can choose from six […]

Four Seasons Hotel George V offers a unique dinner cruise to enjoy Bastille Day’s fireworks

Ever thought of visiting Paris for Bastille Day?  Four Seasons Hotel George V offers a unique package to watch the spectacular fireworks while enjoying a fun dinner on a private boat cruising the Seine River. Guests depart from the hotel by bus around 7:00pm on July 14, 2013 and head to the “Quai de Seine” where […]


Sydney’s dining scene is set to experience the molecular gastronomy trend popular in New York, with the opening of a new fine dining venue – The Hudson at King Street Wharf. Prominently situated on Lime Street with views over the harbour, The Hudson restaurant and bar has been inspired by 1930s New York and aims […]

V’ammos Restaurant Overlooking the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece

Can a football game be better enjoyed from the comfort of a restaurant? To answer this question, Greek football enthusiasts head on to V’ammos Restaurant, an original venue with extensive views of the Karaiskakis Stadium located near Athenes in Greece. Envisioned by LM Architects, the establishment provides a soothing atmosphere for those looking to get a panoramic […]

100% Chocolate Cafe by Wonderwall in Tokyo

Project: the 100% Chocolate Cafe Location: Tokyo, Japan Interior design: Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall Studio Photography: Nacasa & Partners Project description from the designer: “100% Chocolate Cafe opened its second shop at Tokyo Solamachi, located in the new Tokyo landmark, Tokyo Sky Tree. The café features an open kitchen where visitors can watch the process of sweets being […]

Morrison Bar & Oyster Room in Sydney Australia

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room is a slick new hospitality venue that reinvigorates the site of the former Brooklyn Hotel. Location: George Street in Sydney’s CBD Designer: Akin Creative Photography: Murray Fredericks Located on George Street in Sydney’s CBD, the Morrison Bar & Oyster Room is a slick new hospitality venue that reinvigorates the […]

Wallis & Ed coffee shop in Melbourne, Australia

Project: Wallis & Ed Location: Melbourne, Australia Architecture: Woods Bagot Photography: Derek Swalwell Woods Bagot transforms the former site of the Hard Rock Cafe in Melbourne’s CBD into a casual and inviting restaurant with an understated industrial aesthetic. Situated in the iconic Hotel Windsor in Melbourne’s CBD, Wallis & Ed is a coffee shop, dining […]

The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney, Australia

Project: The Grounds of Alexandria Location: Sydney, Australia Design: Caroline Choker Photography: Michael Wee Caroline Choker revitalises a former warehouse and pie factory in Sydney’s Alexandria, blending rustic and contemporary details to create an inviting cafe, restaurant and bakery. Located in a former warehouse and pie factory, The Grounds of Alexandria is a world-class cafe, […]

Cotta Cafe by Mim Design in Melbourne, Australia

Project: Cotta Cafe Location: Melbourne, Australia Interior Design: Mim Design Photography: Derek Swalwell Description from Mim Design Mim Design recently completed Cotta, a new cafe located at Crown Melbourne providing a warm and rustic interior escape from the hustle and bustle of the West End precinct. Mim Design was contracted to complete the graphics and branding, […]

SHED 5 by Loopcreative

Project: SHED 5 Location: Melbourne, Australia Interior Design: Loopcreative Description from the designers SHED 5 is a new industrial aesthetic 120 seat restaurant and bar at melbourne’s south wharf development. SHED 5  is located within the refurbished 19th century heritage listed dock and wool store on the yarra waterfront. The SHED 5 aesthetic is predominately steel […]

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie in Sydney, Australia

Luchetti Krelle concocts a quirky and colourful interior for patissier Adriano Zumbo, creating a working factory brimming with sugar-filled treats. Design: Luchetti Krelle Photography: Murray Fredericks Adriano Zumbo is Australia’s answer to Willy Wonka, producing decadent pastry creations including Lime & Mint Mojito and Raspberry Caramel-flavoured macarons and the indulgent Man Goes Peanuts cake with […]

The National Hotel in Melbourne, Australia

Project: The National Hotel Location: Melbourne, Australia Architecture: Breathe Architecture Photographer: Andrew Wattle In giving new life to Melbourne’s The National Hotel, Breathe Architecture displays its considerable skills in environmentally sustainable design. Looming over a quiet pocket of busy Victoria Street, The National Hotel sits on the fringe of Richmond and Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner east. Bookended […]

Bar tsar Justin Hemmes dreaming up Sydney’s sexiest food and drink spots

CEO, Merivale Born in: Sydney Friends: Alan Jones Home Town: Sydney Every time multimillionaire bar owner and restaurateur Justin Hemmes pops up in the media, labels like “playboy”, “bar tsar”, “nightclub tycoon”, or (our personal favourite) “mega-bucks bar magnate” often appear before his name. “I’m getting too old to be a playboy,” Hemmes tells The Power Index during our hour-long […]

Virgin Upper Class Lounge at JFK by Slade Architecture

Project: Virgin Upper Class Lounge Location: JFK Airport, New York Design: Slade Architecture Photography: Anton Stark Description from Slade Architecture: The lounge was designed to provide the relaxed luxury that Virgin’s Upper Class passengers expect with a warm and distinctly Uptown Manhattan feel. The 10,000sf Clubhouse is bounded on two sides full height expansive views over […]


Bringing a known brand to a new market often entails cookie cutter design and its irksome side-effect: inevitably and exponentially, iterations tend to flag. When the brand is global, this is compounded by the costs and logistics of revitalising ‘the look’ and soon the whole brand suffers from ‘last year’ syndrome. Jamie’s Italian as a […]