A double win for Rüya!

Posted: 16/11/17

A double triumph this week for Rüya as for the second year in a row we won a Gold Key Award in ‘Best Restaurant Casual Dining’ and also the AHEAD MEA Award for ‘Best Restaurant’. The results were both unveiled this week at galas in New York and Dubai.

‘Rüya’ is a new F+B concept that explores the rich history and diversity of Anatolian food, that opened in October 2016. Located in the Grosvenor House Hotel on the Dubai Marina, the venue spans 800m² with capacity for around 230 guests. Dining areas include a bar, lounge, private dining and terrace offering stunning views of the Marina.
AHEAD MEA Awards ceremony
The expectations and preconceptions of Turkish and Anatolian cuisine to an international audience has largely been uninspiring and unrightfully bland. Rüya set out to showcase the cuisine and prove its worth on an international stage. The design, like the business model, has traditional quirks with contemporary touches to demonstrate this ancient cuisine in modern times.
Our design draws upon elements of Turkish history and the meeting of Eastern and Western cultural influences from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to present day, reinterpreting them in the materials, patterns, textures and colours.

The design approach reflects the authenticity of the food but also the high value Anatolian culture places on nurturing a relationship between host and guest in a generous setting. Rüya has an open kitchen and a hexagonal, freestanding oven rendered in blue-grey shades where guests can watch their food being prepared and feel engaged with the food preparation and cooking process.
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Rüya’s enticing concept fuses a vibrant restaurant, lounge and bar experience together with décor, menu and an ambience taking inspiration from Anatolian roots. We have taken traditions and authentic experiences and interpreted modern details for our guests and welcome everyone to experience a new concept in Dubai Marina.

Umut Ozkanca (owner)
In terms of the spatial concept, one large flowing space incorporates defined areas within the restaurant to prevent it from feeling too vast. The doors that lead onto the terrace can be opened entirely to allow flexibility of creating separate areas but also one continuous space. The floor material is kept consistent through to the terrace with unique doors that are hung solely on the ceiling. This eliminates the process of crossing a threshold and reinforces the feeling of flowing seamlessly from inside to out.
Rüya features several bespoke designs by Conran and Partners such as colourful 3D tiles inspired and made by traditional Turkish craftsmen. Woven screens are threaded throughout Rüya reflecting the traditional rug making craft that is famous in the Anatolian region. The timber panels that make up the bar are reclaimed from the Middle-East and hand carved with diffused top lighting down to accentuate the details. The bespoke domed feature lights were inspired by ancient Anatolian architecture celebrating the history of the region. We worked closely with ‘Into Lighting’ consultants to achieve the best results for lighting across Rüya.
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