© Span Design / Photography: Andrew Worssam + Jayden Huang

Being one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet, Sydney has its fair share of ramen eateries, but none flaunt a colour-infused setting as Wagaya does. The restaurant is occupies a 70 sqm. (754 sq.ft.) unit on the ground floor of Lidcombe Centre, a shopping mall situated just a stone’s throw away from the Sydney Olympic Park. The interior design, created by local practice Span Design, is inspired by Japan‘s hugely popular hanami or cherry blossom season, and adds a uplifting dynamic. The arched blue doorway with matching service counter takes cues from Aizome or Japanese indigo dye, and offers a striking contrast with the abundance of pink indoors. Wagaya‘s tunnel-like arched space aims to reflect a pathway underneath cherry trees in full bloom, and lighting that purposely creates a speckled pattern on the ceiling adds to the illusion. One side is lined by an elongated bench and tables and chairs, while opposite a bar-desk with stools is situated. The flooring, made from thermoset resin, is in a contrasting blue shade, and ties in with the Hiragana neon lettering on the wall. The menu at Wagaya features a number of ramen dishes, each with different toppings, and additional bites such as gyoza, all paired with a selection of soft drinks.

Wagaya
Lidcombe Centre, 92 Parramatta Road, Shop 8 (Lidcombe)
Lidcome, NSW 2141
Mon-Wed 9-5.30
Thu 9-9
Fri 9-5.30
Sat 9-5
Sun 9-4

© Span Design / Photography: Andrew Worssam + Jayden Huang