Glasgow’s go-to Greek restaurant, Halloumi, has been shortlisted for the coveted title of best restaurant in the UK’s biggest industry awards.
Specialising in Modern Greek cuisine, the restaurant which opened on Hope Street last August, is the only Scottish finalist in the standalone UK restaurant category against seven finalists including Uli in Notting Hill and Tom’s Kitchens led by founded by award-winning chef Tom Aikens in Birmingham.
Now in its ninth year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have a huge global following and are recognised as the foremost competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces.
Entries from over 70 countries cover every imaginable hospitality space; From ships to airports, museums to burger vans, from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.
Recognising inspirational and creative spaces, Zaza Hadid - the international architect who reimagined the spectacular wave and structure of the Riverside Museum, was a previous judge.
Restaurateur Michael Caine and Christopher Cowdray of the Dorchester Collection feature on this year’s judging panel who will scrutinise the creative concept and delivery of each restaurant design.
The winners of the 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards will be announced during a ceremony at London’s King’s Cross on the 5th October.
Three Restaurant & Bar designers (SHH, Design Command and Haptic Architects) will each create a cutting edge space inspired from ‘Sound’, with the spaces theatrically revealed on the night of the Awards.
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Halloumi was designed by CM Design Consultants and the 70-seater restaurant boasts a warm, light interior, with stripped-back décor, white and blue washed walls, and an open plan kitchen, all of which give a real authentic Mediterranean-feel to the space.
Speaking of the shortlist announcement, Kevin Campbell co-founder of The Rotunda Group said: “We set out with the vision to create a space that our family would be proud to eat in outside of Greece and to be recognised by leading awards is both humbling and really rewarding.
"To be the only Glasgow restaurant in the category is an achievement and we can’t wait for the awards later this year.”
Toni Carbajosa, co-founder of The Rotunda Group continues: “Halloumi is a slice of sunshine on Hope Street. We opened in August and the reception from Glasgow has been fantastic; welcoming our healthy sun-drenched dishes and embracing our Mediterranean heritage
"We really feel that you could be in Athens when you walk through our doors.”