What does W stand for? Branding, it seems. The W Hotel opened its doors in December to much fanfare, with Starwood going for it in terms of hype and cool. It was always going to be interesting to see the food and beverage slant in the place. And The Kitchen Table is a surprise package that somehow holds it all together and keeps things real for the hotel on the verge of eating itself. While downstairs they are trying to woo you at the subtlely named WooBar, upstairs is a more homey affair, where you are invited to sit up at the Kitchen Table for some relatively straightforward comfort offerings.
W seems to try and toe the difficult line between exclusive and accessible, and The Kitchen Table is certainly steadier in the latter. Rather than going for something outrageously cool and intimidating, they have gone for something quite comforting and welcoming. And the results are good.
The interior is a more organic affair than the gaudy purple and chrome lobby downstairs. It manages to escape the nightclub feel of the rest of the hotel as well, which is a welcome relief. Natural shades of brown and plenty of timber line the spacious layout, with a signature lizard motif adorning a dividing wall. (Keep an eye out for the hidden crocodiles in the design). There's a few seating options - tables, booths, and yes a kitchen table to sit up at. Outside affords more table options for the smokers and sun lovers.
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