Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Burmese Saga

By Annie Aggarwal
Photography: Courtesy the designer
Read Time: 2 mins 
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Burma Burma by Minnie Bhatt Designs

The recently opened Burma Burma in Delhi, the second outlet of the restaurant is a Burmese delight, offering both food and glimpses of the land of Myanmar.

Designed by interior designer, Minnie Bhatt and inspired by a trip to the country, the restaurant, though contemporary in style has Burma in all its details.
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One walks into Burma Burma through a façade reminiscent of fine Burmese nuances such as mouldings cast in cement, as those of the Buddhist pagoda spires, the doll logo, and artefacts from Myanmar along with a screen of Burmese prayer cast in metal wire over a glass panel, which offers a glimpse within.  

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Once inside, the local markets, streets and culture of Yangon and Bagan in Myanmar come to life. The most prominent visual element is the collection of gorgeous ornate bells that hang outside pagodas, which are customised to find place over the central tables of Burma Burma.
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The entire space is rife with teak wood and cane, both of which are famous from Burma; the wooden tables, chairs and booths all cane backed, a wooden screen at the entrance and service stations styled like Burmese household cabinets with cane shutters. The colour scheme of subtle, dull greys of cement is interspersed with yellow, green and red colours of the Burmese flag. The running sofa along a wall offers a collage of colours, upholstered in hand-embroidered shawls from the local markets selling handmade products in Yangon.
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The tea bar is especially intriguing with a display of colourful artefacts such as papier-mâché dolls, owls, horses and lacquer ware tiffin boxes, kettles and more straight from the local shops around the pagodas of Myanmar. The bar itself has mouldings in cement as those on the façade and a teak wood bar top.
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Finally, the intricacies and details of the ancient Burmese tattoo art find voice at this elegantly-styled fine dine. The rear wall exhibits elements and figures from tattoo art, while the traditional tattoo needles cast in brass with ornamentation and topped with figurines find place on colourful silk panels, composed along a prominent wall. 

A trip to the magical land of Myanmar translates into a Burmese wonderland that is Burma Burma. The restaurant serves as an ode to the people, culture and food of this beautiful land. 


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