The brainchild of the co-founders of La Cabane, the pioneer of natural wine in Hong Kong, Bayta – meaning “house” in Arabic – has recently opened its doors in the artsy district of Sheung Wan. Its roots are to be found in the broad and diverse culture surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and the menu reflects this by serving up dishes inspired by the various countries encompassed by the region.
The complete design – including interiors, furniture and graphics – was executed by artist Elsa Jean de Dieu. In the 600 sq-f restaurant space, a palette of blue, green and copper tones greets guests. “By using colours and materials echoing the scents and landscapes of the Mediterranean Sea, such as burnt sienna, ochre, olive wood and so on, we pay tribute to the flavourful dishes,” says the designer.
Custom-made leather seats, an Arabian inspired sofa and an abundance of velvet cushions ensure guests can unwind in comfortable surroundings. Focal elements such as a group of orb-shaped lights above the copper counter and an upcycled wooden fridge give the space a unique and homely atmosphere. Colourful Portuguese ceramic ware complements each dish, and a selection of copper-coloured utensils add to the visual interest in the interior.
“The design brief for this project was to recreate a Mediterranean atmosphere with a nice homely feeling. There are 23 countries around the Mediterranean Sea; the challenging part was to find a common atmosphere without taking sides with one of them,” she notes.