Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Bambu Shoppe Desserts and Drinks

Restaurant Architecture

Bambu Shoppe is and dessert and drink restaurant located along historic El Camino Real, which dates to California’s Spanish colonial past. It is a counter-service cafe for Chè, a Vietnamese word for home-made beverages, dessert drinks and puddings. Bambu Shoppe Chè is made to order using daily prepared, fresh, colorful, and nutritious ingredients.

The space was originally built in the early 1900s, features 14-foot high ceilings, a glass facade with bar seating, and concrete floors. The interior architecture is clean, minimalist, and inviting. The architects inserted into the light filled dining space, a warm wood slat wall that curves to the ceiling. The space is calm and serene. Its restrained color palette is a foil to the naturally colorful food ingredients.

  •  Dining room

    Dining room

  •  Undulating wood ceiling/wall

    Undulating wood ceiling/wall

  •  Wood ceiling/wall

    Wood ceiling/wall

  •  Seating detail

    Seating detail

  •  Suspended wood and lighting

    Suspended wood and lighting

  •  Table and wood wall

    Table and wood wall

  •  Ordering and dining

    Ordering and dining

  •  Seating area

    Seating area

  •  Window bar seating

    Window bar seating

  •  Wood ceiling/wall detail

    Wood ceiling/wall detail

  •  Tile wall

    Tile wall

  •  Dining area and storefront windows

    Dining area and storefront windows

  •  Storefront


  •  Service counter and seating area drawing

    Service counter and seating area drawing

  •  Seating area drawing

    Seating area drawing

  •  Service counter drawing

    Service counter drawing

Press and Media

•, Bambu Shoppe along El Camino Real


Millbrae, California


• Architectural Design: Gary Diebel, AIA Architect
• Visualization: Richard Jenkins, Architect
• Structural Engineers: Taeho Um & Associates
• MEP Engineers: Optimized Energy & Facilities Consulting (OEFC)
• General Contractor: Yama Construction, LLC
• Photographer: Kevin Ng Photography

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