The client brief for Flamingo Room by Tashas, founded by renowned restaurateur Natasha Sideris, called for a tranquil, yet opulent dining experience that celebrated Africa’s raw beauty.First opened in 2017, Sideris described the venue’s design as a fusion of vintage Las Vegas aesthetic and African craftsmanship.
The interior boasts a subtly elegance style, using pink and peach to hark back to the flora of Africa.Speaking about the space shortly after it opened, Neydine Bak, creative director at Basstudio, the Australian design firm which worked on the project, in collaboration with Dubai’s Compass Project Management and fit-out firm BW Interiors, said that the “aim of the project was not to be innovative with certain design elements, but to be innovative with the combination of different styles and materials.”
“Tashas is a proudly South African brand, and the interior energy of the restaurant had to resonate with the story we wanted to tell. It is a story of South African hospitality, African beauty and of course, design. Innovation, to us, was about connecting these elements to create an astonishing sensory experience. This is the story of Flamingo Room by Tashas,” says Bak.The space was designed to bring a sense of honesty to the UAE’s dining landscape without using African design clichés.
“We looked for iconic elements that define the African landscape. This included the majestic baobab tree, monkeys and meerkats cast in bronze, cushions with hand-embroidered animal motifs, as well as textiles that reflect the continent’s style. All of these elements add to the African feel of the space,” Bak remarks.Adhering to all the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols, the venue is open daily from 12pm-10pm with alcohol being served.