Part of the Ignite-designed Main Beach development, Tokyo Bay restaurant is right at home in the high-end beachfront dining precinct. The fit-out is heavily influenced by ocean themes and creates a space to experience traditional Japanese fare in a stunning, contemporary setting.
Traditional Japanese food is a work of artistry and painstaking attention to detail. Tasked with designing Takapuna's Toyko Bay Restaurant, Ignite's specialist hospitality team approached the project with the same attitude.
The connection between the ocean and the restaurant is cleverly woven into the design via many subtle references throughout the space.
Guests are welcomed into the restaurant by an illuminated glass floor which, in a nod to traditional Japanese gardens, is embedded with pebbles and quartzite stepping stones. A faux stone wall runs the length of the restaurant, bringing natural warmth to the space, while red lights reference the glow of Japanese washi paper lanterns that traditionally hang in Izikaya restaurants.
The use of levels allows patrons to enjoy different experiences depending on where they sit. Diners on the raised platform enjoy views over the restaurant and the ocean, while the lower level offers patrons private booth seating or the atmosphere of the bar.
Texture and natural elements provide a link between the restaurant and its beachside setting. Hanging above diners, a stunning sculpture of a school of mackerel beautifully captures the energy of movement. Ignite also commissioned a stunning hand-crafted natural timber bar as the restaurant’s feature design piece. Made from Ashanti Oil on Oak veneer, the bar features a multi-layered bulkhead and mitred joints that create a seamless wrapped box effect.
The result is a dining space that seamlessly blends sophistication with a relaxed beachside vibe. High-quality, hand-crafted elements create a venue that diners are compelled to come back to, again and again.