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Shed and Splendid Restaurants have come together, creating a brand new restaurant offer going by the name Cha Chaan Teng. The new venture occupies over 300sqm and is located in the basement of The Club Quarters Hotel in Holborn, London. Alongside the interiors, Shed were responsible for the full branding of the restaurant. The concept is inspired by the infamous Cha Chaan Teng culture of post war Hong Kong.


The original Cha Chaan Teng cafes were fast paced establishments serving an eclectic and sometimes unlikely mix of ‘East meets West’ food. Shed’s design brief was to keep the original Cha Chaan Teng feel but upgrade it to suit London’s premium market. Shed put a playful spin on the idea of misinterpretation embracing a concept that relishes being lost in translation.
The 300sqm space is left open divided visually into three areas; the Bar, Bao and Main Dining Area- each rife with their own ChaChaanTeng persona.
The bar presents a subdued palette of blues, dark greys and burnt pinks set off by dramatic high contrast marbles and swirling timber veneers. An unlikely amalgamation of furniture; art deco in form with a mid century twist sits in the center of the space grounded by a silky dark blue carpet. A voluptuous ink blue suede banquette snakes its way across the floor.
The main dining area offering just over 100 seats exudes a bustling and energetic atmosphere. Shed bravely played with the application of high-end materials such as marble and brass pairing them with their faux laminate counterparts. A palette of deep greens, dark timbers, off whites, bruised browns and deep purples create an unconventional palette but like the food the combination is unexpectedly pleasing.Loose furniture runs down the center of the restaurant in a haphazard arrangement, verde marble and coloured laminate tables are matched with a set of black framed cantilever and café style chairs upholstered in a heavy grain mushroom leatherette. Banquette seating positioned back-to-back runs the stretch of the restaurant. Basic in form the seats reference a style present in the original Hong Kong cafes. Finished in premium walnut burr with green leather seat pads, avocado piping and paired with black and gold marble tables the final product is given a distinctly British facelift.

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