Last year before leaving New York City, I worked on the design of a Thai/Malay restaurant in Westchester called Sambal. This was one of my favorite projects to work on as it is located in a beautiful historic building in the charming town of Irvington-on-Hudson. Located just forty minutes outside of New York City, this gorgeous restaurant serves delicious Thai-Malaysian food in a lovely setting overlooking the Hudson river. Chefs Navjot Arora and Lucky Thai, along with help from business partner Sushil Malhotra, have created a premier destination restaurant highlighting the intricate flavors of South-East Asian cuisine. The decor aims to capture the rich culture of Thailand and Malaysia with luxurious materials and jewel-toned fabrics. Keep reading to see lots of photos from this stunning, two-story space, and learn more about the design process:
Sambal is located in an historic building with gorgeous exposed brick walls. It had great bones, but needed some help to capture the richness and luxury of South-East Asia. We replaced the existing, dirty carpet floors with dark, espresso-toned flooring. Colorful lanterns imported from India add a touch of exotic ambience to the space while intricately patterned fabrics add warmth and personality to the banquette seating.
The color scheme was inspired by rich jewel tones like pink, turquoise, amber, magenta, emerald, and ruby. The vibrant colors are complemented with dark neutrals to create a relaxed, and balanced atmosphere.
The first floor of the space is a bit more casual and relaxed with plenty of room for singles, couples, or a small party. A bright pink fabric wall welcomes you into the restaurant while accents of silver and gold add a touch of sparkle.
A dramatic and colorful fabric chandelier creates a bold statement over the stairwell, and invites you into the upstairs dining room. The three-tiered chandelier was custom-made with colors designed to complement the jewel-toned space.
Decorative lanterns add a touch of charm to the private dining area, and look fantastic at night with the flickering glow of tea lights. We worked around the original wooden structure to preserve the historic atmosphere of the space. A full bar upstairs serves wine, beer, and cocktails, and the second floor patio offers stunning views of the Hudson river.
Be sure to check out Sambal for exceptional Thai and Malaysian cuisine. It's a beautiful destination restaurant for Westchester locals, and is definitely worth a trip upstate for New York City residents. Vegan, vegetarian, and organic options are available for health-conscious diners. 4 West Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533.