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Bold, ‘Street’ and Stripped Back

R2 Architecture’s new take on Indian dining.


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Design studio R2 Architecture (Alma de Cuba, Panoramic, Radisson, Leaf, Neon Jamon) has unveiled their latest project, Mowgli Street Food on Bold Street, Liverpool.


The food concept behind Mowgli throws out preconceived ideas of the typical curry house, and this fresh approach to Indian cooking is mirrored in the stripped down contemporary interior.


The client, curry-evangelist Nisha Katona, says “Cool, edgy, twisted, uber-sensory Indian street food is what Mowgli is all about. There??s no balti or vindaloo on our menu. People need to come in with no preconceptions and let us surprise them.??


R2 Architecture used this ethos as the starting point for the project – bringing Scandinavian-style influences to the scheme rather than those found in your traditional balti palace.


Features such as hurricane lights, timber bench seating and an elemental bar – clad in untreated railway sleepers ?? all evoke a street food aesthetic. Surprising installations, – such as booths suspended by rope – add playful touches to this decidedly grown up interior.


The lighting has been designed to dapple the space with golden light ?? while dramatic birdcage chandeliers cast abstract shadows on surfaces.
Director Richard Eastwood said ?With Mowgli we have created the antithesis of all of those tired clichés that spring to mind when thinking of Indian restaurants. R2A also worked extensively on developing the branding for the restaurant, they introduced the monkey icon and advised on everything from menu design to logo application.??




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