Café Sydney – Circular Quay, Australia

As the elevator doors of Customs House slide open and reveal a light and airy designer interior, complimented by a spectacular harbour backdrop, it’s immediately obvious that Café Sydney, with its emphasis on ambiance and visual appeal, offers one of the city’s leading dining experiences.

For Restaurant Manager Todd Cummins, the “big drawcard” of this experience is the outside dining area that takes full advantage of the venue’s strikingly picturesque views of Sydney Harbour. “There’s not many restaurants in Sydney with an outside area on level 5 of a building,” Todd explains. “Most of them are on the ground floor. So that makes it special”.

With half of the restaurant located outside, it was imperative that this premium space offered a level of year round comfort – but not just any heater would do. “We had [heaters] which were very ineffective,” Todd continues. “The wind kept blowing them out all the time, so we had to look at other designs. We had to look at what technologies were out to see how we could better improve outside.”

After seeing the Platinum Smart-Heat Gas heaters from Bromic in action at another establishment, Todd was convinced that the model’s combination of chic design and efficient performance was perfect for Café Sydney. “Firstly, they looked attractive which was great” Todd continues. “So we looked at those [and they’ve] got the cover on the front and we love the ambient heat so it doesn’t matter if it’s windy still, the ambient heat still filters through, which was a big feature for us.”

Constructed from stainless steel, the Platinum Smart-Heat™ Gas range features a translucent ceramic face that protects the burners and gives the heaters a sleek, designer-friendly profile. “If you look at this space” Todd gestures to the restaurant, “it is architecturally designed. It’s not about the heaters. It’s about the view, it’s about the restaurant.”

Ultimately for Todd, what was unique about the Platinum’s design was the way they complimented the space at Café Sydney without drawing attention to themselves. “They sort of melt away at night time,” Todd finishes by saying, “until you turn them on and people go – ‘Oh, where’s that heat coming from?’”

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