CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Da Maria brings something fresh and new to the department of the interior. Influenced by the Amalfi coast, they have taken the classic community feeling of eating al fresco and transformed it into a modern, stylish and unique dining concept.
Da Maria is cool and oozes style. There has been a lot of thought put into everything – from the design of the restaurant and the large round skylights, the dip-dye forks, knives and spoons, to the patterns of the crockery paper containers of Own by Maurice Terzini, who also owns the iconic Icebergs at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. While Icebergs and Da Maria may appear quite different, somehow there is a thread that unites them both. Perhaps it’s the white in combination with that particular shade of blue, or the cool aesthetic, but somehow when you walk into Da Maria, you suddenly feel like you are in Bondi.
The space is very expansive with a subtle grand entrance. Before you even enter the restaurant, there is a Da Maria store selling beautiful clothing and accessories.
The restaurant is planned in such a way that even though there are 4 sections, you can see til the end of the restaurant at your first glance. The first section is the bar, painted with Da Maria’s signature pattern and furnished with tall white metal stools and yellow cushions. Each section has a long yellow sofa on one side that overlooks the central fountain. The furniture continues with white metal chairs and blue cushions for comfort. The chairs and stools are beautifully made and brought back memories of living in Argentina as a child – that style of chair was found on almost every patio I played on. The last section of the restaurant is an actual outdoor area, and I can see it is perfect for parties or just long nights filled with beautiful food and drinks.
On the left-hand side are the kitchen and the huge wood fire ovens. This section is all open (which I love). They even brought authentic pizza makers from Italy to come and work at Da Maria. Impressive.
The walls and ceiling are painted with white and “celeste” blue creating diagonal lines and triangular shapes that cleverly confuse the eye. In two of the sections, right above the central fountains, a large round skylight lets in a huge amount of light, almost creating a dine-out experience.
Da Maria is a great place for lovers of design to visit. Their unique take and bold statements in color and pattern, plus their design aesthetic, set them apart and make a restaurant that will create waves in both Bali and internationally.