Palette, a restaurant designed by ARM Architecture located at the Gold Coast House of Arts, was awarded fourteen points and two Chef’s Hats by the Australian Good Food Guide (AGFG) earlier this month.
Offering a casual dining experience, Palette is a feast for the senses, with art fully integrated throughout the space.
The restaurant is an intimate space of 140 m². Palette is part of the third installment of the House of Arts master plan, which saw a site along the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise transformed into a sprawling cultural and landscape district destined to become one of the region’s largest art galleries. Australia.
Channeling the forest floor of the Gold Coast rainforest, dark, woodsy textures set the tone for the space. A clear differentiation from the brightly colored Voronoi geometry featured in the gallery, the restaurant is calm and assured.
A variety of wood finishes line most of Palette’s surfaces, with the floor featuring a multi-directional ceramic wood tile. Expanding on the Voronoi theme, the ceiling and walls are backlit, with mottled gum fins shaped like Voronoi cells. Positioned as a defining feature is the half-round mottled gum bar top, a rustic live edge slab milled in the 1990s sourced locally from a Queensland area farm.
Pops of green and turquoise reinforce the rainforest aesthetic and punctuate the wooden appointments, with Tanotti green marble table tops and striped green fabric upholstered seats and banquettes, topped with warm brass featured in the shelving from the bar.
“Our goal was to design a unique dining experience that would double as a warm and inviting destination that you would want to return to again and again. Our design for Palette represents a sanctuary that celebrates the diversity of local produce through its food and wine , but also through the selection of artwork, finishes and furnishings that have been designed within,” says Amber Stewart, Director of ARM Architecture.
The pallet layout provides a diverse experience for customers. Both bar and booth seating are available, with tables of varying sizes and additional sections that can be cordoned off for private dining. Featuring a wall-to-ceiling transparent glass facade, the windows also rise to merge the indoor arena with the outdoor space, with additional outdoor seating under the restaurant’s large canopy.
Complementing the design, chef Dayan de Palette draws culinary inspiration from HOTA’s exhibition programs to craft the menu, influenced by art and the environment for a unique opportunity to express creativity through food. To find out more about the restaurant, visit paletterestaurant.com.au.