Actually this gorgeous new restaurant “Tamarind” Of London is located in the Newport Coast Shopping Center, California. A spectacular location at the ocean right next to Newport and Laguna Beach. Being hired to photograph this new restaurant right before the official opening was perfect timing as everything was new and fresh.
The restaurant features a full menu of exotic Indian cuisine cooked in their large Tandoor ovens and served up in an elegant fine dining setting. A classy full bar sits next to the dining area and is separated by the three large red ovens which are one of the restaurants signatures.
Designed by Steven Langford Architects, the restaurant has a colorful modern industrial look to it that fits well with the elegant dining interiors. The restaurant is not large, but is well laid out to create a nice flow between the dining room and bar area.
Restaurants are always one of the most demanding Architectural subjects photographically. They normally have limited access to power outlets making lots of extra cords necessary. Coupled with the need to cover the windows with fabric to control the light, I used my full bag of lighting tricks to get the job done. To keep the light balanced with the restaurant illumination, I used several of my large tungsten soft boxes plus small spots to fill in the dark areas and control the contrast.
Next time you head to South Orange County and have a taste for some great spicy curry, check out “Tamarind of London” at the Newport Coast.