Sumptuous & Stunning
The Concourse, Chatswood NSW (02) 9157 1488
Mama Mulan is taking Chatswood’s Chinese dining to a new level with its authentic flavours and stunning 180-seat venue by design house DS17. The playful and ambitious space is the brainchild of young hospitality entrepreneur Kim Jin, paying homage to Disney’s 1988 animation Mulan.
Mama Mulan was created with innovation in mind: a vision to create a casual Chinese dining space with a unique identity. Much of the inspiration has been drawn from Kim’s native province in Northern China. It was both Kim’s Chinese heritage and his passion for food that made it his childhood dream to open his own Chinese restaurant.
Mama Mulan is an opulent interpretation of Chinese modernism, encompassing a 180-seat communal dining area bathed in natural light. Kim’s vision was to recreate his family home space in Shandong, China where he holds his strongest memories of bonding with his large family over delicious food. Mama Mulan’s expansive size doesn’t compromise cosiness, with soft suede drapes bringing together the entire space. When the evening looms, the dimly lit geometric light fixtures soften the concrete lime washed walls and teak wood floors. Traditional Chinese lanterns and feature cabinetry add an oriental touch to the venue.
LUSH & HOMELY
The expansive space was transformed by interior specialists at DS17 (Nour Restaurant, Alpha Restaurant, Beta Bar) led by Paul Papadopolous.
With a neutral colour palette offset by pops of sage and green, the communal dining space comprises marble dining tables, timber seating with handmade linen cushions and lush fiddle leaf trees in concrete pots. The private dining spaces each represent their own unique colour scheme and character. Seating up to 20 people, ‘Mama Mulan’s Den’ is a group favourite, featuring a quaint outdoor balcony, drawing inspiration from a traditional Chinese garden courtyard.
The mouth-watering pan-Chinese menu (created by chef Marble Ng, ex. Lotus, Chefs Gallery) focuses on the seafood tradition of Shandong cuisine. Dumplings and noodles are all rolled and hand-pulled in-house daily.
With its stunning design and crowd-pleasing Chinese menu, Mama Mulan offers guests a sophisticated backdrop for drinking, dining and entertaining. From intimate lunches and family affairs, to larger corporate functions, Mama Mulan is an outstanding all-rounder for a multitude of occasions.
DS17 (Architects): ds17.com.au