Havelock One completes fit-out of new Clay restaurant in Bahrain

Japanese-Peruvian restaurant concept from FFI is now open in Manama’s cultural quarter.


Clay, the newest restaurant concept by Food Fund International (FFI) has opened its doors on the fifth floor of The Terminal building in the bohemian neighbourhood of Adliya, Manama’s cultural quarter.

Havelock One Interiors was appointed by FFI to ensure the qualities of the Clay brand were brought to life throughout the 700-square metre interior of the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, which aims to ‘invite guests into a cosy environment at the crossroads of nature and ethno-pluralism’.

The turnkey fit-out project included in-house manufacturing of the restaurant’s select pieces of furniture and design features.

The result is a warm and distinctively earthy colour scheme, which utilises natural materials, wooden furniture and a combination of parquet flooring and marble to make guests feel at ease and provide escape from the trappings of modern life.

Havelock One Interiors’ joinery and upholstery department in Askar, Bahrain produced the intricate wood carvings and the tufted banquettes that allow guests to talk comfortably while dining. The craftmanship of the company’s glazier and metalworking teams can be seen in the countertop, as well as the doors and windows of textured and tinted glass that offer hypnotic views of the city.

The company also created a hand-painted ceramic mural depicting traditional Japanese art, as well as mesmerising ceiling art with hanging clay balls and Japanese paper lanterns for the bar area.

Jihad Raad, Havelock One Interiors’ Division Director, Bespoke Hospitality Manufacturing and Fit-Out in Bahrain, said: “FFI’s restaurants boast interior designs and décor that enliven the senses and prepare the palate for the exquisite cuisine they serve. Our joinery and upholstery department in Bahrain produced the intricate wood carvings and the tufted banquettes that allow guests to talk comfortably while dining,”

The project also involved the installation of waterproof layers, new steel structure, thermal insulation, sun reflective solar coat paint, complete MEP, foot rails, an antique mirror and aluminium façade.

Photography: bMedia