Cronulla’s latest destination is a casual burger bar that nevertheless boasts a sophisticated interior with bespoke detailing by Sydney interior design and landscape studio Amber Road. Eat Burger is the latest venture of chef Paul Camilleri who wanted to veer from previous highbrow dining and create a causal venue serving a sophisticated burger.
The space, serving 40+ clients within 120sqm, is a masterful combination of white and pastel elements, including a sandy colour used for the formed concrete bar and bar stools with pink cork seats and grey concrete bases.
The splashback to the bar is hand-poured by local artisan Sarah Canavan. Amber Road Director Yasmine Ghoniem says it is her favourite detail in the space: “We had seen an incredible exhibition where this same artist slash interior design student had used a similar material. After hunting her down, we engaged her to create the ocean inspired splash back for the project.
“We worked really closely with our builder, ensuring we could actually achieve what we had designed, so there were lots of trial and error and weeks of creating and pouring the plaster into the moulds in our builder’s garage. But we finally got there and the outcome definitely surpassed our expectations.”
Also hand-made are the wall lights that are integrated into the wall’s stucco-like surface using some on-site ingenuity: “We started with a PVC shape, applied chicken wire to the form and then it was rendered and painted.”
But perhaps the most striking of all is a huge image of a sunset in subtle pinks that curves along the wall in the seating area, taken by a local photographer. “It was the nostalgia of summer we were trying to conjure – the sun sets, ice-cream and the sand between the toes,” says Yasmine.
The woven pendant light by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, located above the communal table, is made of a salvaged plastic bottle and Yasmine says it: “serves as a subtle and fitting reminder to keep our Australian beaches clean”.
Fresh white tiles, bold graphic design by Christopher Doyle & Co and old-fashioned cane furniture all add to the effect, creating a relaxed beach-side haunt that is also fresh, contemporary and has a design edge.