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Inspired by the bustling traditional trattorias in Italy and by the iconic Mercato Centrale in Florence, the concept was to create a warm, inviting space, similar to that of a grandmother’s kitchen.
Mercato, is a traditional Italian trattoria and bakery in the DIFC serving home style Italian dishes using the highest quality ingredients and is now open from 7 am to 6.30 pm.
The design aesthetic evokes feelings of nostalgia, giving the impression that the restaurant has been in place for decades. Draw Link Group was responsible for the design concept and development, the FF&E procurement and installation of the outlet.
Commenting on the design of the restaurant, Daousser Chennoufi, Draw Link Group CEO says, “the design brief of Mercato restaurant was to create a casual daytime Italian eatery, inspired by the vibrant streets of Florence, within the business hub of the DIFC.”
The restaurant boasts 160 square metres and accommodates around 30 guests indoors, with the option for an additional 40 guests dining alfresco outdoors. The floor tiles are of various Italian inspired patterns, in either black and white or in colour. Wall paneling is a combination of natural raw materials that create a fresh feeling. The façade, is designed in two contrasting colours, blue and green. The furniture and lighting selection is carefully procured, creating an eclectic feel, while still managing to look unified. Another distinctive feature of the space is the traditional wood truss ceiling in aged wood, along with the signature designed 6 meter long solid wood communal table, custom designed and made specifically for the venue.