; Soba Sassy by A Square Designs brings magic, sass and the aesthetics

Soba Sassy by A Square Designs brings magic, sass and astounding aesthetics to give you an otherworldly experience

MAR 11, 2023 | By Suhaani Rai
Asian faux flowers on the walls add drama to the sober dining place; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Tropical printed fabric on the chairs with the cherry blossom tree and the tropical backdrop all add to the high energy vibe of the sassy area; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
A vibrant colour palette of magenta wall panelling, peacock green and chrome yellow chairs in the Soba sit down area add to the dining experience of the customers; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Custom made brass arched Sassy bar and lounge for an opulent experience, Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

If Elle Woods, the protagonist of Legally Blonde, ever visited Kolkata, Soba Sassy on Ho Chi Minh Sarani road is most likely to be her favourite place to eat Pan-Asian cuisine and enjoy a sassy drink. Soba Sassy is a fun and high energy restaurant with the aesthetics of the Far East. Spread across 7,000 sq ft, the space is crafted by Ajay Arya, Founder and Interior Designer of A Square Designs.

Little lamps from Rosha atop the razor finish tabletops are surrounded by elements that transport the customers to the Far East; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

 

The Sassy area sees the hand painted panda installations and the huge cherry blossom tree which connect to the Far East theme of the restaurant. Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The restaurant hosts two different sections with two different vibes—Soba and Sassy. Sassy was the space the designer Ajay Arya enjoyed imagining the most. Sassy is the brass arched bar with a dancing panda wall installation and hand painted wall murals. 

Tropical printed fabric on the chairs with the cherry blossom tree and the tropical backdrop all add to the high energy vibe of the sassy area; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

 

The Pink Room with the ‘Kiss my sass’ neon sign forms the most striking feature of the gastrobar; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

“It was pretty exciting when I first heard about the concept and the cuisine of the restaurant, as I had an opportunity to experiment with my design sensibility with contemporary language that is Insta-worthy and transports guests to the far-East! And that was quite exciting for me,” he shares. The faux cherry blossom tree pillar in the Sassy area was the most challenging to design and execute for Ajay. 

The gateway to this magical experience sees a neon sign with the name of the restaurant on it and a black matte wall to make it look more intimate; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

 

Magenta walls and little traditional lamps from Rosha add to the mystical experience; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Soba, the primary dining space with the colour scheme of magenta, chrome yellow, bottle green and fuschia to give the customers an intimate experience. The Asian faux flowers on the adjacent walls transports the guests to the far-east just like the exquisite cuisine it offers. 

Keeping the ‘Instagrammable’ theme in mind, the designer has created a surprising element- The Pink Room. The Pink mosaic tiles, an oval bathtub and purple booths promise a magical and picturesque experience to the customers.

All the design elements in Soba add to the mystique of the place with little Rosha lamps and the suspended lights that look like flowers on a branch of a tree; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The designer says that he likes to design what’s in trend and keep it fresh. This gets highlighted in all the spaces he designs in this gastrobar. He has perfectly executed the Pinterest-y theme and added different features like the dancing panda wall installations, Pink room and the ‘Kiss my Sass’ neon sign to make the millennials and Gen-Z Instagrammers go crazy.

The Pink Room with the ‘Kiss my sass’ neon sign forms the most striking feature of the gastrobar; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Whether it’s a Wednesday brunch date or Saturday night party, Soba Sassy sets the mood for all kinds of celebrations and hosts enough fodder for your instagram feed. 

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