Project Completion: 2021
The second location for the upscale Yu Seafood restaurant is an ambitious and expansive venture for this established refined dining brand.
The newly opened location in Canada’s premier luxury shopping centre offers over 10,000 sf ft of dinning space over two floors. The main floor houses TEA, a tea bar with take-out service for pastries, while the second floor restaurant area includes a patio that overlooks the mall; a large dining room; and two VIP rooms that can be joined to accommodate large groups.
To appeal to the cultural diversity of the location, the design elements reflect a marriage of traditional and modern aesthetics. The space incorporates natural finishes to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. A playful school of fish fabricated from laser cut steel and finished with gold leaf adds a touch of elegant whimsy to dining area. The striking marble bar introduces texture into the space by evoking the imagery of calligraphic brushstrokes. These dynamic elements are balanced by lighting designed to create a soft and layered calm atmosphere that highlights the food on every table. The design also incorporated elements from the original location including a signature 20ft x 20ft coral leaf and lotus shaped chandeliers that pay homage to the other location’s unique live seafood tanks.
To further draw in clientele unfamiliar with the brand, the feature staircase and upper level patio spaces were specifically designed to draw attention and promote the upper level dinning area while maintaining the exclusive air of a luxury experience.
Location:Toronto - Canada
Studio NameDialogue 38 INC.
Lead designerBennett Lo
Design teamSonia Kim, Veronica Lee, Jane Yip, Suyeon Seol