We recently visited Palatino, where meals of course stimulated all senses, ranging from the complimentary bread to the main dishes. One can also pop in for a quick visit as just recently launched Palatino-to-go, a “lunchtime food hatch thing”, for residents and guests of Fora: a workspace/ hot desking/ office space next door.
The interior has been designed with an Industrial Skandi feel in mind. There are concrete walls with black crittall windows and exposed ceiling. Industrial lamps and pendant lamps hang above most tables. The “open kitchen” allows customers to watch chefs and staff preparing food. The kitchen/ bar includes black steel mesh/ features, looks to be polished steel and used as storage for light-coloured wooden blocks which is nicely juxtaposed against the black, adds a sense of warmth.
The Skandi vibe comes in the form of light coloured wooden tables (beech/pine), modern “mid-century” furniture with light grey upholstery and beautiful white pottery bowls, plates and dishes. As the ceilings are huge and exposed the overall space is light and airy. An extreme bold/ pop colour of mustard yellow bridges together dark industrial with light skandi.
The branding really catches one’s eye, as the logo is rustic in style but modern/bold in use. Beautiful bold yellow and a repetitive pattern made from letters makes a really prominent statement. The menu’s were simple A4s on textured paper stock (both white and yellow paper), beautifully headed by the logo full width at the top of the page – looked great against the dark metal, concrete and wooden interiors.
Palatino is perfect for those hot summery days, as they are light and airy, with sliding windows to allow fresh air, and a nice breeze throughout.
Palatino: 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB