We all know how rich the Japanese tradition is and how many interesting elements it includes, especially for those unfamiliar with them. But it’s one thing to read about them or to hear about them and another thing to experience them first hand. In Montreal, Canada, you can now have a taste of the essence of Japan in the Kinoya Japanese Bistro.
The bistro was designed by Jean de Lessard and has been recently opened on Saint-Denis Street. It’s a very interesting place as it’s very modern but, at the same time, it’s imbued with tradition. It’s like a very concentrated version of Japan transplanted in Canada. The design chosen for this space was casual chic. Everything is simple but, because of the strangeness and history behind the elements and details, the effect is impressive and the impact is strong.
The bistro was previously an Italian restaurant. There aren’t any common elements between these cultures so everything had to disappear and to be replaced by completely new details. The interior stone and brick covering had to be kept but, nevertheless, the transformation was spectacular.
The chefs now perform in the open kitchen where everyone can enjoy their shows and the whole restaurant has a very dynamic atmosphere and décor. The floor, walls and the ceiling feature large floral details that are reminiscent of the images usually seen in manga. It’s also an element that contributes to the overall contemporary design.