Indego by Vineet
LW Design was commissioned to refurbish and refresh the multi-award-winning Michelin Star restaurant, Indego by Vineet located in the lavish Grosvenor House Hotel in the Marina district of Dubai. The lobby-level indoor-outdoor restaurant was initially designed by LW Design in 2012.
The client was keen to elevate the entire design and dining experience. The brief was to capture the essence of colonial India whilst echoing the vibrant modern culture of the country today. Historically, Indego By Vineet has been exclusively a dining room, but the new design includes a feature bar and a private dining room to broaden the offering of the Indian fine dining restaurant.
The concept was to visually transform the multi award-winning Indian restaurant in one of the finest entertainment destinations in Dubai while maintaining its much loved essence and soul. Chef Vineet wanted to retain many of the elegant features that have become synonymous with the brand and its nod to colonial India while bringing the restaurant’s look and feel in line with the expectations of the market today.
The vibrant colours against bold patterns are a reflection of modern India and together, they have transformed the overall look and feel of Indego by Vineet and created long-lasting memorable moments.
A splendid large green lacquered door with custom brass door knockers welcome you to the unique dining experience. Guests enter the bar and restaurant through striking foliage-inspired wallpaper graphics, clusters of pots and eccentric feathered lamps. Returning guests are instantly reminded of the Yester-life Indego with the original elevated Nataraja statues. They are instantly mesmerised by the circular cocoon in which they enter while being welcomed by the maître d. The shape of this sculptural piece is an ode to a traditional lotus flower that signals the beginning of a unique journey ahead.
On the right-hand side of the entrance, guests catch a glimpse of the glamorous bar with its vibrant colours and soft feather chandelier custom made by Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery. The ambience transports you seamlessly to a bygone time of Indian royalty. Emma Shipley clad lounging chairs and tri-coloured banquettes with lush upholstery and cushions bring you back to the vibrancy of India today. Indego by Veneet is reminiscent of the old restaurant with reframed Jhuttis (Indian shoes) in modern Perspex frames dotted throughout the space. The old jhalli screens have been repurposed and relacquered to the brand’s signature red tone. The original Crema Marfil walls and circular ceiling profile remain intact, meaning that demolition and MEPworks were kept to a minimum.
The main dining room is home to an exciting open kitchen experience with a flurry of culinary activity. Hand-crafted bespoke feather tiles from Botteganove clad the kitchen counter front in between Leather and brass detailed panels. The green metal kitchen hood showcases the delicious dishes the guests eagerly await.
The main restaurant space boasts large scale black and white checkered flooring that presents a particular and unique reference to colonial India, creating a bold background for the vivid design. Brightly coloured chairs in the brand’s signature red is complemented by emerald green and orange to create a truly rich and immersive palette. The rich backdrop allows patrons to experience an unforgettable food and drinks experience by the highly regarded Michelin star chef.
The private dining room overlooks the terrace and Dubai Marina. The outdoor terrace has integrated fans in the timber pergola that extends from the façade. A large, repurposed, heavy carved door dominates the room and sits on a hand-woven Indian carpet. Bell Bell-shaped pendants dance above the table while two large feature cage chairs flank the head of the table, making the private dining room a truly special space in which to dine. The small lounge area in the dining room is perfect for private parties, intimate gatherings or an informal evening with Chef Vineet.