70 Alexander St, Crows Nest NSW
(02) 9460 6877 or www.mumugrill.com.au
At Mumu Grill the old steakhouse norms have been put out to pasture. The new Mumu concept combines the highest quality sustainable and organic produce with the age-old, flavour-enhancing cooking process of the wood-fired oven. The very best of seasonal Australian meat, fish and poultry is char-grilled, slow-roasted, smoked and baked in a purpose-built double wood-fire oven.The design concept was for a casual dining space that was built around an open plan kitchen and the oven. While being edgy and modern with bold layering of textures and warm natural tones, it still has to be family friendly.
As the name suggests it was not to be taken too seriously, hence the quirky wall art with the piggies, moo-cows and hearts. The branding and graphics were all developed alongside the interiors, helping to bring a cohesive look and feel.Rrecycled grey iron bark was used for the columns, bar top and outdoor tables, there’s Tasmanian blackhearted sassafras veneer panels in the dining area and bar, and some South American chocolate-coloured slate. All the materials are used in their most simple form — fresh, unaffected. Three large George Nelson Saucer pendant lights hover gracefully over the dining room — their yellowed parchment shades contrasting with the chocolate and timber tones of the walls.The 13m-long bar is adjacent to the dining room and its orientation creates a feeling of separation from the open plan dining room. While the same materials are used, the bar has a sleeker more dramatic feel. A cluster of bar stools, that resemble luscious red lips upholstered in a deep red woven wool, run along half the length of the bar with the solid recycled timber bar top continuing the full length, connecting the two spaces at the restaurant’s entry. A custom-made refrigerated display sits as a counterpoint to the timber top and allows for a tapas-style selection of cured meats and nibblies to be tasted and enjoyed whilst sitting in the bar area. A series of horizontal mirrors dissect the sassafras veneer panels creating depth and a reflection of the outdoor dining area inside the bar.