Southbank, VIC
(03) 9696 0111 or www.bluetrain.com.au

Celebrating its 20th birthday, Bluetrain has discovered a new design direction with Melbourne-based designers Studio Equator. Defined as the ‘People’s Café’, Bluetrain’s concept of ‘Aussie Fusion’ cuisine and non-pretentious aesthetic energy create an attractive dining option as well as a casual café environment. Studio Equator has combined eclectic and quirky materials and bespoke designs to reflect Melbourne’s unique sense of style and humour, in its Southbank location surrounded by plenty of foot traffic, theatre-goers, sporting punters, transport savvy Melbournians and the extensions of Port Phillip Bay. 

The interior design is divided into separate offers in an open plan space. To describe the main dining room, imagine you’ve just walked down the alley of Degrave’s Street, Melbourne, with graffiti art pillars individually painted by well-known street artists, industrial lighting, concrete walls and a fast paced dining experience. Studio Equator has managed to put their hint of ‘industrial chic’ into their design incorporating a love of art, music, design and culture. Bluetrain has a perfect combination of classy structured architecture with an edgy and approachable atmosphere that encompasses the essence of the brand’s long-standing spirit.

Custom designed floor tiling gives subtlety but reflects the triangular geometry that extends from the new logo and brand identity throughout the restaurant. ‘Melbourne Soul Food’ in yellow, red & blue is painted along the raw wood panelled walls bringing to life Bluetrain’s passion for Jazz and Soul music.

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