Located at the top of one of the United Arab Emirates’ most iconic buildings, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is the Australian based chef’s first restaurant in the Middle East.
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera features Raw bar, Fire bar, brasserie, main bar, dining areas, private dining, chefs table, external bar and dining areas.
Each design element within the venue explores ideas of the sea, from the oyster with its combination of smooth sensual surfaces and textured outer surfaces, to the oceanic tones and colours of corals and pearlescent hues.
Utilising vaulted ceiling tiles which reference both the inside of an oyster and the Sydney Opera House sails, the main spaces are focused upon the central cocktail Pearl Bar, constructed from grey leather, walnut timber and yellow marble.
Jacqui Fink, an international pioneer of ‘extreme knitting’ created a custom Merino Wool hanging artwork. The wool, sourced from Australia and New Zealand reminds us of the tentacles of sea creatures, delicate and mystical.
Similarly, local Sydney artist Tracey Deep created three hanging sculptures curated to our oceanic vision. Tracey is well known for her floral installations using found objects that celebrate Australia’s native flora.
The custom handmade woollen carpet with its blue dappled tones is a depiction of the ocean waters and was custom designed by Alexander &CO for this venue.
In keeping with the 20th Century design inspirations, the classic Serge Mouille lighting has been custom made, in curving white enamel steel and brass finishes.
British born Chef, Sean Connolly, has over 25 years’ experience in the kitchen and has become a household name for both his restaurants and his entertaining TV series’, which are broadcast in 35 countries worldwide.
The 20th Century classic design and architecture of the restaurant combined with the oceanic Australian and New Zealand influences of Sean Connolly’s humble cooking brings down-to-earth dining to Downtown Dubai.