Set on Carlton’s Lygon Street, Shinbashi Yakiniku is a contemporary Japanese restaurant designed by Pierce Widera. Specialising in Japanese Barbeque, the name translates to combine ‘grilled meat’ (yakiniku) and the district of Tokyo where barbeque eateries are prevalent (Shinbashi). Aspects and details from traditional Japanese architecture are woven throughout the interior.
An illuminated white bar with gridded timber slats suspended above forms the focal point of the space. A glass brick walls acts as a divider between two large banquet tables, with u-shaped built-in timber benches that wrap around. Other seating options include low traditional tables where guests sit on floor cushions, and smaller tables with bench seats in a sunken pit area.
Raised seating platforms clad with dark timber feature illuminated outlines, creating a hovering illusion. Tables have in-built barbeque grills for patrons to DIY cook, retaining a focus on food throughout the design. Brushed brass rods, a contemporary interpretation of bamboo, are used as screens that define and separate the various spaces within the restaurant.Low-hanging pendant lights create an atmosphere, and further enhance the illuminated bar, which stands out and grounds the space without being overpowering.
摄 影：Jana Langhorst