The just-opened Moombai & Co Café at the H Hotel Dubai is the second collaboration between interior design studio TGP Design and the fit-out company ISG Middle East.
The all-day dining café and bar is inspired by Irani-Parsi cafes, which are almost unique to Mumbai and were established by Persian settlers in the 19th century. Growing from humble tea stalls, the popularity of the Parsi cafes peaked during the 1950’s, becoming institutions on Mumbai’s social scene.
The ambiance and style of Moombai & Co Café and Bar is characteristic of a Parsi café featuring ceiling fans, exposed brick, mahogany furniture, Italian marble table tops, bent cane chairs and pendulum wall clocks. Special dated Indian illustrations and an eccentric mix of vibrant posters, inspired by brand vintage matchboxes adorn the walls.
Old Bollywood posters hang alongside old relics and memorabilia, many of which have been sourced from the streets of Mumbai. Chef Ashish Kumar, heads the kitchen team, bringing extensive experience and authenticity to the table.
“Moombai & Co Café and Bar is a place where 1950’s Mumbai fuses with modern-day Dubai, an energetic, and colourful space that resembles the vibrancy of the iconic city of Mumbai,” Jonathan Mangham, TGP design director, tells designMENA.
“Our aim was to create a restaurant and bar with a feeling of having been there for many years, with the space altered and added to over time, rooms combined, finishes uncovered and added to, with a mix of furniture and decoration gathered over the years. A layered mix of craftsmanship, make-do-and-mend mentality and simplicity, implying the history behind Moombai & Co Café and Bar.”
ISG Middle East fitted out the entire café space as well as, a separate area known as the Permit Bar. The space totals 4,000 sq ft and the project was completed over 10 weeks mostly utilising locally sourced materials, furniture and fixtures.
“We are delighted to work with TGP Design on the delivery of this second F&B outlet at the H Hotel,” says Steve Ramsden, managing director at ISG Middle East. “Moombai & Co Café and Bar is unique, fun and offers a casual dining concept that is fairly new to Dubai. ISG Middle East had the site stripped back to almost shell and core with only the basic kitchen area remaining relatively unchanged, although completely refitted with the addition of the tandoor ovens vital to the food concept, and then completed the entire fit out in just under three months.”
Earlier this year, TGP Design completed interiors for Zahira restaurant at the H Hotel Dubai.