The Pangolin, the brainchild of a collective of creatives that include renowned restaurateur Sergio Lopez and Australian chef Troy Payne, is set to open its doors in March 2020.
An extension of The Els Club in Dubai Sports City, the 60,000 sq ft site includes a purpose-built complex that sprawls across two floors. The Pangolin’s menu that features dishes with an African twist on traditional European flavours will also be sure to bring back nostalgic memories and stories from around the dinner table.
The Pangolin comprises a ground floor restaurant; a first floor restaurant and lounge with a bar offering; a terrace for lunch and dinner; as well as a gym, and a pool. AEC Engineering Consultant, ZAS Group, as well as YamJam founder Julian Floyd – best known for his work on The London Project at Bluewaters Island – were involved in the design of the development.
Speaking to CID sister title Construction Week, Sergio Lopez, the founder and chief executive officer of The Pangolin Group said: “The ground will also have a deli area, which not many people have here, comprising two fridges for curing meats and cheese. We had to customise the construction of the fridges to ensure that the humidity and temperature was perfect for the tasks at hand. The building will also have an on-site bakery and patisserie.”
The Pangolin will feature a ground-floor restaurant and casual bar which will be open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a deli with home-grown and home-made produce and on-site bakery and patisserie.
Its first-floor restaurant, and bar and lounge, will open for lunch and dinner. The sprawling first-floor terrace with an open fire pit will serve from lunchtime and have special weekend food offerings.
Built on the concepts of heritage, nostalgia and belonging, The Pangolin will focus on the community spirit and connecting people through real, honest and simply put, good food. The complex, which covers a built-up area (BUA) of approximately 2,258 square metres, was built by UAE-based contractor Span Steel Construction in partnership with The Pangolin Group, who were chosen by Dubai Sports City to work on the building.
“We worked very closely with Span Steel Construction, as they worked on the shell and core for us. We then brought in our own contractor, Klick Project Management Services (Klick PMS), to work on the fit-out and interiors of the building,” Lopez said to Construction Week.
Lopez adds: “We, as The Pangolin Group, have also managed the whole project. I have my own project manager, who along with me, have overseen every stage of construction.”
“The construction has been a little different from other buildings, because we have done the whole building at once. We worked very closely with Dubai Sports City, who are the owners of the land, to build the project.”