Monthly Archives: July 2015


Restaurant Adventures: Zen Kitchen

Restaurant Adventures: Zen Kitchen

In 2009, we acted as Designer and Project Manager to revamp an existing property in Ottawa’s Chinatown for Chef Caroline Ishii and Sommelier David Loan.  The new restaurant, called the Zen Kitchen, was the city’s first gourmet vegan restaurant.  Upon completion, the new design created an environment that was sophisticated but not pretentious, pairing clean lines with rich, warm colours inspired by Chef Ishii’s spice...

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Ottawa Magazine: Sushi 88

Ottawa Magazine: Sushi 88

Sushi 88, located in the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown, with its reputation for mouthwatering sushi, was a veteran in the restaurant industry after almost ten years in the business.  When Bobby Leung replaced his brother as owner/operator, he wanted to update the restaurant with an upscale Toronto vibe that would encourage patrons to dine in instead of taking their food to go. The April-May 2010...

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Atelier Restaurant Expansion

Atelier Restaurant Expansion

Atelier Restaurant is one of Ottawa’s hidden gems.  Behind an unassuming grey brick facade lies an intimate dining establishment run by Marc Lepine, who is a wizard of molecular gastronomy.  Lepine has a host of awards and championships under his belt and, in 2014 his restaurant was one of only two Canadian restaurants included in The Centurion Guide to the Best Restaurants in the World:...

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The Charming Night

The Charming Night

In July 0f 2009 received a book as a birthday gift from one of my best friends.  The book was entitled “Contemporary Restaurants and Bars” by Martin M. Pegler (ISBN 1-58471-046-2) and featured restaurant interior design from across the globe.  The inscription on the front cover read: “If there were a book of Club Designs from around the world, I woulda gotten you that, but...

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