When dining out, people typically seek three key elements: great food, great service, and vibrant atmosphere. Crafting a perfect dining aesthetic allows restaurants to shape their brands and create unique experiences for their patrons.
Spanning from New York to Hong Kong, we’ve compiled an exclusive look at eateries who boast jaw-dropping architecture and equally impressive fare. So whether you’re aboard a plane or in your cubicle, have a look at our menu of some of the world’s hottest and most innovative restaurant designs.
Once perched in the heart of Paris, atop the Palais de Tokyo Museum, sat the Nomiya Temporary Restaurant. Nomiya only opened for a limited time to a handful of the most exclusive patrons. The restaurant’s construction comprised a glass cabin and perforated metal screen with LED lighting between the metal screening and glass core. Serving only twelve people at one time, the temporary restaurant was named after a small village in Japan and served traditional Japanese fare.
Sitting high in the clouds above the streets of Hong Kong, situated on the 118th floor of the Ritz Carlton, Ozone boasts its rightful status as the world’s highest watering hole. The outdoor terrace features spectacular views of the Victoria Harbor’s glittering lights, while the interior shines equally bright with its opulent gold and marble adornments. In the place of its traditional trademark elegance, this particular Ritz has instead opted for bold avant-garde ambiance. With a peerless selection of American and English oysters, heart-fluttering Iranian black beluga caviar, and bottles of vintage red wine priced at $160,000, Ozone defines the new face of luxury. While we all agree this place is a must see, the real question is, “who’s buying?”
New Zealand’s whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, of fairytales and enchantment. The treehouse every child daydreams about is the first of its kind. Built by Pacific Environments Architects, this stunning architectural feat is situated high above the forest bed, wrapped around a massive redwood tree overlooking a nearby stream. This 18-seat chrysalis-shaped cafe escape requires no “roughing it,” however. The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant delivers only the finest dining and service, all while tucked away in the tranquil heart of Mother Nature. It is a bucket list destination, defined.
Located in the gritty, rapidly-gentrifying district on Midtown Manhattan’s west side is New York’s premier Peruvian restaurant, Pio Pio. Few works of modern design genius top this, the undoubted masterpiece of designer Sebastian Mariscal. This temple of Peruvian cuisine reflects its country’s rich history in its design, which incorporates reclaimed wood branches woven together to pay homage to the hut architecture of South American prehistory. The panoramic landscape photographs complete this remarkable artifact of restaurant design.When patrons enter the establishment, the bustling streets of New York seem to fade and they become enveloped by the captivating quality of the place. Whether scallop ceviche embellished with corn nuts or chicken empanadas suit your fancy, Pio Pio pleases the stomach in equal measure with the soul.
MOJO iCuisine Interactive Restaurant in Taiwan has pioneered an entirely new level of dining experience. Each table in the establishment features interactive tabletop interfaces that allow customers to browse the menu, order different dishes and drinks, play games while waiting for meals, view advertisements, and pay for the bill – all with the touch of a finger. The interactive menu projects onto the table from overhead, and the customer interacts with sensors while the restaurant’s database system tracks customer preferences. Patrons may also select virtual tablecloths or even check the bill in order to stay within budget. Critics describe the food as a mix of “western, fusion, and molecular gastronomy.” While atmosphere is important, the owners of MOJO focus more on the dining experience and maximizing interactive touchpoints throughout.
The trendiest spot in all of Paris, L’Arc Restaurant and Club sits across the street from one of the city’s most famous landmarks, L’Arc de Triomphe. Coined the “Holy Trinity” of upscale entertainment, L’Arc has earned a global reputation through strategic focus on progressive interior design and do-it-all service for those in search of luxurious Parisian nightlife. The restaurant’s design evokes two contrasting moods —refined yet flamboyant. And patrons needn’t travel far for after-dinner cocktails. Below the restaurant sits the L’Arc Paris nightclub, where a plethora of neon lighting, leather furniture, and fancy cocktails await you. For both dining and dancing, this is every Parisian’s paradise.
Wherever in the world you land, remember that a luxurious hotspot likely waits just around the corner … you just have to know where to look. Thanks for traveling with Mogul Theory. Cheers.