Drawing inspiration from the most intimate examples of New York’s dining scene, Clinton McIver, a former Vue de Monde sous chef, decided to strike out on his own.
Designed by Meme, Amaru in Armadale, Melbourne is elegant and understated. Inspired by the austerity of Spanish design, the focus is on simplicity and restraint – a simple backdrop for the dishes to shine against. The raised chef’s table offers the best seat in the house. Guests dine on a 14-course degustation along the solid oak dining table (crafted by Ross Didier), perched on hand-built Italian dining stools, finished with customised leather to suit the undertones of the colour palette.
The hand-finished walls and floor are finished with lightly textured cement. The rusty felt drapes add warmth and texture alongside the copper-framed windows and doors. Other luxurious detailing abounds. Look for bespoke furnishings by Very Wood and Didier, splashes of copper and brass, an oval-shaped LED ceiling feature and a 16-metre sisal rug. The ambient, minimal lighting adds warmth, with the reflection of the faceted, bevelled-edge mirror – serving to both broaden the core of the room and showcase the theatre of the open kitchen.
A truly special destination to dine.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Eliza Rosie Tyrall