Two of Melbourne’s dining institutions have recently gone under the knife, and not in the way one might expect. Both Cutler & Co., and Attica have had their interiors stripped back, re-designed, and are now re-defining dining room aesthetic.
After eight delicious years, Andrew McConnell’s Cutler & Co. has undergone a renovation spectacular enough to entice food and design aficionados alike. Employing the skills of Iva Foschia, from Fitzroy-based IF Architecture meant that the restaurant could evolve into a multi-dimensional space offering a meeting place at the front, ideal for a glass of rosé and platter of fruits de mer. The mid-section dining area showcases the hard work and dedication of the chefs, while the rear dining space provides the intimacy and warmth patrons have come to love. Smoky leather chairs, bronze details on the bar, and a sense of familiarity have resulted in a transformation that is sure to impress both regulars and newcomers.
Maintaining the status of Australia’s number one restaurant doesn’t happen without reflection, and reinvention… a concept that is all too familiar to the team at Ripponlea’s Attica. After years of award-winning innovation on the plate, owner and Chef Ben Shewry decided it was time for some of the same innovation in the dining room. Searching for a modern-Australia look and feel, Ben contacted Iva Foschia, from IF Architecture, a name fast becoming renowned in the industry. Now with its sleek and suave design, Attica has managed to again, raise the bar in terms of culinary sophistication, both on and off the plate.