"The English only just won the World Cup but Mark Landini is still conquering down under...Clean lines and precise 'Landini' detail have set the design of our Garfish restaurants apart from other recently established Sydney restaurants"
Following the successful design of the first Garfish restaurant in Kirribilli, Landini Associates have completed the design and implementation of the second at Crows Nest, Sydney.
The Garfish concept started when the duo behind North Sydney’s renowned Milsons and Jaspers, Mark Scanlan and Mark Dickey saw a need to offer Kirribilli locals something special on their way to work. Good coffee and Belgian waffles were the breakfast offer, with a simple fish menu for lunch and dinner. Take-away trade would be of utmost importance.
Scanlan and Dickey approached Landini Associates to design the interiors and an identity based on the restaurant’s namesake. The idea was to eventually roll out the concept to other select sites.
We responded by producing an identity that evokes the sleek lines of the Garfish. This identity was then applied to signage, menus and business cards. In line with Landini’s holistic philosophy, staff wardrobe was also considered.
Interiors were simple to match the uncomplicated menu of 5 types of fish, 3 cooking styles and 4 suitable garnishes. However, ‘simple’ only works when there is thought and functionality behind it.
The same approach was used for the Crows Nest restaurant, a major difference being size. Where Kirribilli seats 50 patrons, Crows Nest allows for 85. A lounge area has been added for a more luxurious feel and the take away offer is down played.
A new concept for the Crows Nest restaurant was the addition of two 42 inch plasma screens, one facing the lounge and the other the restaurant. Strategically placed cameras are trained on the chefs and the vision is then beamed on to the screens in real time. Diners are involved in the preparation of their food before it even arrives at the table.
While the fresh seafood menu is still simple, the food is always the hero. James Farnell, Associate Designer highlights the importance of “the relationship between food and palette”.
Landini have created a distinct Garfish look that complements and off-sets the food. Burnt umber lounges reflect the charred edges of grilled fish, in the same way the coffee coloured marbling in the bench surfaces mirrors the caramel glazed waffles. This is all set to a clean back-drop of cool greys.
The Crows Nest restaurant shows how a good concept can be repeated successfully in a new environment, at the same time allowing for different client requirements.
Interior Design, Graphic Design, Brand Identity