The Ritz Carlton Café is quiet and reflective, pun intended, at the right time of day. Although not often, it can be a quiet respite away from the traffic and noise of the upscale shopping center, the outer fringe of the busy Galaxy Casino.
It is very successfully monochromatic.
In considering the Café's design, I agree with the designers and believe that the guests, in their different attire, provide texture and colour which livens up the space. In and of itself, it has a very classically French feel.
Imagine that. Lol... (Sometimes I say the dumbest things.)
Penny tiles provide a nice, traditional, border and transition to the floors edge. It’s easier to hide dirt on such a highly trafficked surface.
The elongated bar table, at the back of the Dining Room depending on which door you enter, is a fun idea! Elongated bars definitely work in high traffic locations but based on the menu prices, (Croque Monsieur's around 180MOP or 20USD) I am not sure that one is appropriate here. I aim to go back at a time when the Café is likely to have more traffic because I am curious about it's casual application.
The curved arm of the walls sconces are certainly very clean and modern. They are so simple that they don't catch one’s eye which can and cannot be a good thing in Restaurant Design…
In and of themselves they are very well done. Simple black shades provide a much needed break and contrast the mirrored wall surface. If you are not looking for them, I trust that one will not notice them! Understated, they are well situated against the overall aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.
The chandeliers are attractive, I love glass and glass and glass, but in a group, in the front body of the restaurant they are sadly uneventful. Although they may very well be functional to provide mood for the space, they are too far spread apart to be give off a pleasant feel.
They make the space feel bigger than it is and break the potential intimacy that one has the potential to feel at any given table. But I forgive them, in the grand scheme of things – this Café is in a Casino... and unless you are in the business, the general public rarely looks at ceilings with a critical eye.
The variegated brass rims on the pedestal tables are functional and attractive, I give kudos there. They provide a very clean touch which is repeated at each table throughout the Café.
I applaud the designers for the over sized Fleur de Lis on the floor! The magnitude of the graphic ties the space together well.
I will leave you with this kernel of thought, although I had an overwhelmingly positive feeling and experience in The Ritz Carlton Café, but my favourite moment, was the recognition that I treated myself to have a fun Director's Cut Movie for ONE.