Zheng Restaurant

A new Malaysian restaurant in the heart of Chelsea

  • Malaysian Restaurant
  • Prime central London location
  • Grade II listed
  • Full interior design
  • Collaboration with Despina Curtis and Georgina Harper
  • Listed building and planning applications

This client had a successful restaurant in Oxford and was looking to expand into the capital, securing an existing restaurant space within a listed terrace building in the heart of Chelsea.

The ground floor would be home to the main restaurant whilst on the lower ground there would be an intimate bar area. The basement level below that would be fairly utilitarian, containing the toilets, kitchen and storage areas.

We explored a number of internal layouts, analysing the cover capacity for each, utilising different seating styles which could influence the type of food and beverage that would be served. One option explored removing the bar completely, opting for a back of house servery.

A project of this finesse requires a keen eye during construction, which was aided by our longstanding relationship with the contractor. We were on site regularly to ensure we had a presence during the build, maintaining a dialogue with the team on site.