Restaurant: Salaam Namaste Venus in Golden Pagoda

작가가 Chelsea College of Art and Design 에서 운영했던 레스토랑. 이 레스토랑은 각 문화의 대표 음식을 관람객에게 대접하여 관객과 더욱 적극적인 상호작용을 유발하고자 했다.

I ran a ‘restaurant’ in a project space in Chelsea College of Art& Design, to create an active and dynamic relationship with an audience. They doubled as customers and were offered several typical types of simple dishes, such as Chinese noodles, Pita bread, Nan bread and Crumpets and the poems from the Poems on the Underground project were placed on the walls for people to read. The aim was to create an ongoing relational activity rather than merely to show works in the gallery space. By relating with people, the project is one way of the reflection of cultural image of the society which we share.

 
Restaurant: Salaam Namaste Venus in Golden Pagoda_2009
 
Restaurant: Salaam Namaste Venus in Golden Pagoda_2009
 
Restaurant: Salaam Namaste Venus in Golden Pagoda_2009
 
Restaurant: Salaam Namaste Venus in Golden Pagoda_2009
 

레스토랑 리뷰 : Entering this well-established eatery is never disappointing. Salaam Namaste-Venus in Golden Pagoda in SW1 has a very particular atmosphere, one of elegance and surprise, of continuity and freshness. This comes both from the menu (a bold, multi-ethnic combination) and the interior space (arty video installations and poetry reading; yes I did say poetry reading!). Try the Indian nan and chutney and plain yoghurt-the Greek dips, feta and pitta-the trusty British crumpet, butter and strawberry jam-or the East Asian dishes from Korea and China. This is international, pan-national cuisine at its best. And it comes in well under budget with little strain on the wallet. The staff are hands-off but not stand-offish; in fact I’d have to say they’re down right friendly. The space itself is energetic and busy but without feeling noisy, rushed or stressful. And the added bonus is a backdrop of some multi-lingual literature of the first order. You can’t help but admire proprietor Hye-min Park for her vision and courage in creating this unusual success within London’s highly competitive restaurant scene. I’d thoroughly recommend this place for those with adventurous palates, a sense of fun and a global taste in word play.

Reviewed by J. M. Peak 1/03/2009