Gumbuya: An Aboriginal word for Meeting Place is a cafe by day and restaurant by night for a local crowd that love to gather whether it be for a morning coffee or a night out with the family.
Questions and Answers
Who are the clients and what's interesting about them?
Executive Chef Noel Melan (co-owner) has been associated with the food culture in the Sutherland Shire for more than a decade, climbing the ranks to become the Head Chef at The Bangor Tavern (6 years) under the watchful eye of Jason Marlow (Marlow Hotel Group) & Murray Kirkman (Licensee Bangor Tavern).
This experience has now offered Noel the opportunity to showcase part of his food vision within the contemporary to up-market dining offering that is The Gumbuya Café & Restaurant.
What was the brief?
Gumbuya, a meeting place for locals in a small Shire suburb South of Sydney needed to be a place that could transition from day to night. At the base of a relatively new multi-residential building, the locals were desperate for a new haunt where they could gather anytime of day. The client was after a space that felt warm, inviting and unpretentious. A place where groups or individuals can meet at the large communal table that greets you upon entry or at the soft banquette or casual window seating, where you can sit back and enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine with your evening dinner.
What were the solutions?
Considering the brief and location we decided on reflecting the surrounding textures and colours of the Shire's nature reserve. Combining a minimal palette of materials which includes the broken stone flooring, pale blue glazed clay tiles running along the front facade and bar counter, blackwood timber tables and cladding, muted green plaster on the walls and a large canopy of dried natives hanging organically over the communal table come together in creating a textured and warm setting.