I know its been open for 2 years but I finally went to Papi Chulo restaurant on Manly wharf for lunch on a perfect summers day in Sydney. I was totally smitten with the fit out and of course a great location on the harbour. The design is soft, fresh and has a great retro element to it as well. Papa Chulo has a few meanings in Spanish but “pretty boy” best suits this establishment.

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The first thing I noticed was the painted green ceiling. I love painted ceilings and soft sage green was the ideal colour to work with the washed out colours of the interiors. The second thing that I ooh and ahhh’d over was the use of internal glass partitions in the kitchen and in the dining area.

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There is theme running through the design of soft rounded corners which works perfectly to make this space feel unpretentious and boat like.

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The bulkhead above the bar creates a focal point as well bringing the height of the room down. The changes in the floor materials are echoed in the roof as well.

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They say you need to know the design rules and then break them.  I think thats exactly what the design firm Akin Creative who designed the fit out have done.  They have been able to use so many different textures and materials including wood, brick, glass, concrete and tiles of all shapes and sizes.

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The unisex toilets show that there is no space that has not been thought of that works in the overall look and feel of Papi Chulo.

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Oh and the food was delicious, the sangria even better. Its a must do this summer and you can’t miss it being right on Manly Wharf. Visit their website Papichulo for more info and menu details.

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  • Photos via Papi Chulo Facebook and Akin Creative