Located at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Terrace at Southbank Center, the concept was to bring Bombay’s famous Chowpatty Beach to London for a summer party. In fact they even shipped in 48 tons of sand for the temporary restaurant.
Design of the pop up beach bar was inspired by the Hindi term ‘Jugaad’, which means ‘making do’, ‘reusing’ or ‘creative improvisation’. Most of the materials for the restaurant were either recycled, found or second hand, and then reinvented to create colorful, welcoming and exciting atmosphere.
As you approach the beach bar, you’ll see a structure built from colorfully painted shipping pallets and wide booth seats constructed from reclaimed railway sleepers. Inside the shipping pallet theme continues, but transitions to white to form walls for the kitchen and delivery window and other surfaces. One wall is made from tightly rolled up newspapers, brightly colored barrels act as stools, the bar’s fascia is a confetti explosion of recycled plastic and old jars are transformed into lights. Tables, chairs, and other odds and ends were found second hand and each item cleverly displays a tag telling the story of the origins of materials that have been re-fashioned.
The Dishoom Chowpatty Beach Bar on the Southbank opened up on May 13th and will be serving up tasty and authentic Bombay treats until October 4th.
Images @James Bedford/Dishoom