Fending off stiff competition from seven other competitors, roar by Pallavi Dean picked up the trophy for its Sharjah project, Shababeek. Other contenders in the category included Demoiselle by Galvin, Little Miss India and Pastryology, among others.
Founder and creative director, Pallavi Dean accepted the award presented by Tariq Al Debsi, general manager, Vescom.
She commented: “I think the judges have really good taste. Jokes aside, we were up against such strong competition, we didn’t expect to pick this up. I am delighted to have won as this project has a lot of personal meaning to me. This is a restaurant which I used to visit as a teenager, having been born and raised in Sharjah, and we are honoured to have worked on its refurbishment.”
The judges praised the winner for completely transforming a dining space, which has a huge cultural influence in the emirate, yet not venturing into the clichéd territory. The winner was cited for a lightness in its design, as well as its extensive collaboration with local craftsmen.
Highly Commended award in the category went to Demoiselle by Galvin, which judges praised for its interesting narrative which stays true to its French countryside inspiration.