Take a look inside Lankan Filling Station bistro in Sydney
Lankan Filling Station is a casual Sydney-based eatery inspired by traditional Sri Lankan flavours. The venue focuses on hoppers, a bowl shaped savoury pancake made from a fermented batter of rice flour and coconut milk, typical local meal in Sri Lanka. The project was designed by boutique practice David Mitchell Architects.
“The client is one of Sydney’s top chefs who has worked at excellent restaurants in the Sydney food scene. She had been looking for the right space to open her own restaurant and a great relationship forged between us the architects, and she, the chef/client. The restaurant fit out was done when the 6 storey building we designed was near completion. It is an extension of the overall building and the design encapsulates this. The building was originally a two storey terrace and we inserted 6 storeys with the restaurant at ground level. The lobby for the commercial levels was designed to work with the restaurant so patrons could spill into this area at night once the commercial levels closed down for the day. A custom made light box serves as an art piece for the lobby during the day and by night, a warm glow of light spills into the restaurant space. Elements from the original terrace have been kept throughout including the rough brick wall surface and the jagged roof form. Fine steel elements used in the commercial levels have also been designed throughout the restaurant for a variety of purposes such as spice and pickle jar holders, wine shelves, and nooks for staff to house payment stations and POS systems,” explained David Mitchell Architects
- Location: Sydney, Australia
- Date completed: 2018
- Design: David Mitchell Architects
- Photos: Kate Kelly