Easts had the vision to create a new destination for their patrons at East Maitland Bowling Club. With a previous restaurant operating for over 20 years, the club board saw the opportunity to provide a fresh new offering for the area’s diverse and growing population.

Bunga Raya is the newest addition to East Maitland Bowling Club, serving up fresh meals from various Asian regions. Working with EJE Architecture, a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Newcastle, the design experience is a feast for the senses with EJE’s ingenious lighting with our standout ombre sheers and upholstery.

The Brief

The extensive refurbishment included two new restaurant fit outs, each with their own kitchen and amenities, plus a new bar to service both spaces. EJE adopted a warm, rich palette of natural materials, terracotta reds, eucalypt greens and metals; portrayed through timber, tile, stone, fabric and metal detailing.

club restaurant fit out
club restaurant fit out, sheer drapery
club restaurant fit out, sheers

Texture, tone and joinery styling enable the palette to reflect the individual character of each restaurant. The bar was imagined as a strong black element in the centre of the space. A combination of materials, texture and gloss levels create interest; the hero being a reclaimed leather belt facade.

Materialised Product

club restaurant mood board

Product selection was made based on the core palette, whilst offering subtle details (pattern, texture etc.) which would enhance the character of each space without being too polarising.

Given construction happened during COVID lockdowns, presenting supply chain issues; materials had to be not only commercially viable, but also readily available.

The Team & Credits

Interior Design: EJE Architecture
Photography: Alex McIntyre
Drapery: Maxview Blinds & Shutters
Materialised Team: NSW