From a local residential area in Japan to the heart of the commercial disctrict in Brussels, the dislocation of a popular Japanese noodle restaurant needs to meet totally different criterias to satisfy the European customers.
Located in an exceptional small building with the most beautiful public terrace on the Toison d'Or Avenue, this Japanese noodle restaurant is following the spirit of the prestigious main restaurant Samurai in Brussels, literally translated as a warrior aristocraty of medieval and early-modern Japan. Samurai Ramen continues to develop the cuisine worn for 45 years by Samurai, but focusing exclusively on ramen (noodles).
Four different public spaces are taken into account : the street, the entrance garden, the indoor restaurant and the terrace. Each place is thought to bring a different taste and atmosphere, open to all kind of events.
Keeping the kitchen as the main space of the restaurant, the performance of the cooking procedure is open to the public. The compact restaurant has a round shape counter where guests can see how the ramen are prepared. The overall dark space is covered by light wooden lattices evoking floating noodles in an elaborated broth.
Developed as an experimental interdisciplinary design between scenographic intervention and interior design, the restaurant chains are aimed to be designed within a variation of the morphologic study of the lattice in accordance with the specificity of each space hosting the restaurant. As a result, the space is a unique encounter of the new culture between Ramen and abstract space.
client : private
place : Brussels
design : SHSH
coordination and technics : ROSAM
lithography : Jean-Marie Prandi
photography : Frederic Raevens, SHSH
surface : 150 m²