Recently opened in London, Omar’s Place brings the best of the Mediterranean to the capital. The creation of experienced restaurateur Omar Shabaan, this chic Mediterranean restaurant and bar offers accomplished cooking alongside an exceptional wine list and innovative cocktails.
Located in Pimlico within a Grade II listed former public house, Omar’s Place is a restaurant with individuality and style that also delivers on taste and service. Egyptian born, Omar is part of the family that runs the very well-established Andrea Mariouteya hospitality group in Egypt that has been in his family for over 60 years and continues to thrive. The opportunity to open a solo venture in London is a dream come true for Omar.
The design of Omar’s Place is the result of a collaboration between spatial designers Sella Concept and architecture consultancy Wilson Holloway. Sella Concept led the concept and styled the space, with Wilson Holloway delivering the technical aspects of the design and project managing the construction phase. Transforming the derelict site was a daunting task but the result of their efforts is a sophisticated and refreshing space.
“Omar gave us an open brief,” said Alex Holloway, Director at Wilson Holloway. “He wanted a space that was modern but somehow reflective of the international food offering – the resulting space is London pub but it feels like you could be in Barcelona or Miami. It has an interior identity that stands apart from current London restaurant design vernacular, which has become blinkered by two dominant trends – shabby chic or historic revival.
“The site was essentially derelict and had been empty for over a year. The Grade II listing status presented a huge challenge. All alterations required Listed Building Consent from Westminster and Historic England. Ultimately we got permission for all the works, but it took all our experience and knowledge to navigate these elements. We had to get the applications right first time in order to keep the project on program.”
As you come in through the main entrance, the main dining room is on the left hand side while the bar area is located on the right hand side. The design required the partial-removal of an original partition in the centre of the pub in order to link these two spaces. There is a mixture between bar and restaurant settings, poseur tables, casual seating at the bar and a lounge area in the middle. Following a colour palette that celebrates the colours of the Mediterranean, emerald green, terracotta and sky blues are well complimented by misshapen lighting, marble table tops and curved mirrors. Alex added:
“Omar put a lot of trust in us, giving us an open brief which not many clients are confident enough to do. It’s important for restauranteurs and operators to trust their consultant teams. I think we have repaid that trust in the final product. The success of the restaurant means a lot to us and we are proud to have contributed to the success. We hope it will become a Pimlico staple for years to come.”
Vicente Fortea, has created a menu for Omar’s Place made up of delicious contemporary tapas. Vicente’s impressive culinary pedigree which includes stints in some of the world’s best kitchens including three Michelin-Starred Arzak in San Sebastian and one Michelin-Starred Plat D’Or in Mallorca. Dishes include a selection of hot and cold tapas, meat and seafood grilled to perfection over charcoal and playful desserts. Must-try plates include the Carabinero Prawn with Crispy Rice, 45-day Aged Galician Beef and Caramelised Bread and Butter Pudding with Coffee Ice-Cream.
To compliment the kitchen is the intelligent wine list and first-class cocktails with Omar’s expertise running some of Egypt’s most famous bars has come to the fore. Wines have been carefully selected to suit all palates and budgets.
Looking ahead, the wine-cellar-style downstairs will open in due course and provide seating for a further 30 guests. There will also be a stylish outside terrace for the warmer months. To keep up with the latest news from Omar’s Place, please visit www.omarsplace.co.uk.
Ecoled specialise in the design and manufacture of sophisticated and original architectural lighting for the high-end residential and hospitality sectors. A family-run company, Ecoled have a 135 years’ experience in UK engineering and their lights can be flawlessly finished in almost any way, bridging the gap between decorative and architectural lighting.
Projects range from 5 star hotels in the Caribbean, such as Eden Rocks, to multi-unit apartment blocks in London, including One Hyde Park with Candy and Candy. More recently, Ecoled has been involved with Omar’s Place in Pimlico.
Working on Omar’s Place, Ecoled were asked by the project’s interior designers, Sella Concept to create an incredibly subtle lighting scheme where the colour of the fixtures complemented the interiors. The room incorporated a number of brass features and Sella Concept wanted a lighting scheme that could match the terracotta colour of the restaurant.
The team at Ecoled anodised their Z6 Eyeconic Trimless fittings to match the brass of the pendants, which tied the whole project together. The result was something that Ecoled was incredibly proud of.
James Cadisch, Development Director for Ecoled, said:
“Tatjana and Gayle from Sella Concept have an incredible style and are extremely forward thinking with their designs. Architectural lighting is not often considered to be a part of the interior furnishings, but the brass finishes worked so well on the scheme and the client seemed to be very happy!”
“We pride ourselves on being able to design and manufacture a highly modular range of miniature, yet very powerful luminaires that can be finished in pretty much everything and all produced in the UK. Most of our competition are manufacturing out in the Far East, but we believe in offering highly engineered products at affordable prices.”
Wilson Holloway is a design consultancy with an established reputation for providing innovative architecture and interior design direction to a growing network of international clients across the retail, hospitality and private residential sectors. The studio is at the forefront of a new wave of designers that blur the boundaries between historicism, decoration and digital process, to create intricate interiors that are comfortable in the context of contemporary design culture.
The aim at Wilson Holloway is to help clients understand the potential of design to engage with new trends in the marketplace, developing approaches that use design as a way to build relationships, experiences and unlock social value, cultural impact, and economic profit. Wilson Holloway want to dig deep into the consumer mind set to gain better knowledge and understanding of how to reach, attract and engage the consumer and the studio develops their design concepts based on their insight and observations.
Wilson Holloway can offer a full or partial service depending on the requirements of each project. Collaboration is central to the studio’s working method – they advise and assemble relevant consultants to fulfil a client’s brief – and work with experts in different industries ranging from engineering to behavioural science.
Wilson Holloway welcomes new challenges and believes in an open dialogue of collaboration to ensure successful and extraordinary projects.