Croydon-based distributor IFSE has delivered a kitchen suitable for fine dining within the London office environment of one of the UK’s longest running asset management firms.
The turnkey restaurant refurbishment project was part of a wider office redevelopment, with the designers at IFSE working in partnership with the onsite catering team and the main contractor team to design, build and fit out the new restaurant.
The restaurant now overlooks the famous Gherkin building and skyscrapers of Bishopsgate; where the IFSE team also designed and fitted-out the 1923 restaurant within the Gherkin building for Swiss Re.
What was once office space and filing cabinets was transformed into a bright and airy main restaurant with industry accredited chefs serving fresh food at breakfast, lunch and evening meals.
The team at IFSE designed a clean, linear servery counter with reclaimed dark wood panels which were highlighted by the grey tile effect from behind and the black gantry above. The gantry showcases cookbooks, recipes and ornaments to give the area a home-like depth.
With the focus on delivering high quality gourmet food, the design team incorporated an Electrolux Libero mobile cooking suite into the counter. The Libero unit should give the chefs the option to fry, grill or finish the meals in front of the customer.
The Electrolux SpeeDelight was also installed into the design for paninis, pizza, sandwiches and other toasted grab and go items. SpeeDelight uses a combination of three cooking technologies: contact plates, infrared radiation and microwaves, designed to ensure food is crispy on the outside and cooked well inside.
The new restaurant also featured a mobile salad bar that could convert into a champagne cooler for evening events. The mobility of the salad bar was important as the client wanted the ability to wheel away the unit for a screen that would drop from the ceiling for corporate events. The design of the mobile counter matched the reclaimed wood frontage with Corian counter tops.
The final area to be completed was the coffee shop with its own dining area and soft seating option. Plant pots acted as the centre piece on every table, while the reclaimed wood carried from the main restaurant to the front of the counters.
Working to a tight 10 day deadline for the kitchen and restaurant fit-out, IFSE’s projects team reports it was able to turn around a significant refurbishment project for the client.
The feedback on the new restaurant was “overwhelming positive” according to John Moores, IFSE’s sales director. While the head chef at the asset management firm added the following:
“The catering contractor worked to an extremely tight timeframe, with normal catering service resuming straight away. Operationally, the kitchen performs more efficiently with better equipment and we’re able to provide industry-leading, fresh and varied meals every-day.”