Eastern Delights

Tejal Mathur


The design team for Facing East, with Tejal Mathur at the helm was entrusted with overseeing the development of a Mumbai based casual Asian restaurant with a bistro feel. The designers infused a subtle Asian vibe to the space by giving it an underground opium dungeon-esque feel indoors. However, Team Design’s treatment of the two al-fresco dining areas was dimensionally different: industrial vintage trappings with customized furniture solutions from Ironworks; so the outdoors had a grittier and sombre ambience. Tall slatted windows secured by metal grills puncture the language of the dining areas at Far East, while paddy hat-shaped conical lamps fixated on the tables complete the Oriental impression. A semblance of a bygone era is evident in different pockets of the restaurant. All three zones of the restaurant exhibit a distinctive feel, per favour of the different furniture integrated in each space. Adding continuity to the style set provided by the walls is a polished concrete floor and hand-polished furniture throughout the restaurant. Custom made Rajasthani tables and old doors and windows torn down from furniture yards add the final touch to a Far Eastern dining spot.