Following the success of Santa Teresita Counter, their seaside restaurant in Uruguay’s upscale resort town of José Ignacio, chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martin Pittaluga have teamed up once again for the launch of Orilla, their second outpost in Buenos Aires.

For her first restaurant project, designer Agustina Aguilar has brought a little bit of Uruguay’s laidback beach atmosphere to this urban bolthole by inserting a skylight at one end of the elongated room, which bathes the nature-inspired interiors with natural light.

There are three distinct spaces, which are linked through their bold green hues and circular motifs that appear in details like the mirrors and the pendant lights. The open kitchen area is lined with standout aquamarine butcher tiles while, in contrast, the main dining room is characterised by a plant-filled mural and raw materials including a sleek timber ceiling by local design firm Sticotti.

Next door, bottle green and grey tones are revealed through tactile velvet walls that, together with low-level lighting, create a softer mood to indulge in an array of creative cocktails from Inés De Los Santos, the city’s hottest bartender. They make the perfect starter to enjoy the meat and vegetable dishes – like the charred eggplant topped with tahini – that fly off the Josper grill. §

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