Tag: Ottawa


Reviews: Zen Kitchen

Reviews: Zen Kitchen

In 2009, we worked on the complete renovation of the space that was to become Ottawa’s renown Zen Kitchen.  The restaurant enjoyed five great years as the city’s premiere vegan restaurant — and of course there were some fabulous reviews written and photos taken during that time. © Amanda Large & Younes Bounhar, Local Tourist Ottawa In their article “Beautiful not boring: A look at...

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Rina and Frank’s Elopement at Sushi 88

Rina and Frank’s Elopement at Sushi 88

Prime wedding venues are often hall-like affairs that seat hundreds of people, often with a large dance floor, a few side-rooms and nooks for quiet chats and small group photos, and manicured gardens.  A lot of our recent design work has focused on nigh on the opposite: nightclubs, small or casual dining establishments, and luxury homes.  So imagine our delight when we discovered that back...

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SushiMe

SushiMe

The border of the Ottawa neighborhoods of New Edinburgh and Vanier was not exactly known for its sushi, with pubs, restaurants and coffee shops dominating the scene.  Sue Jung, owner/chef of SushiMe, aimed to change all that.  In 2012, she hired Urbanomic Interiors to expand their restaurant into the vacant adjacent unit, more than doubling their seating and adding a bar.  In their review of...

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Nearing Completion: Atelier Restaurant Expansion

Nearing Completion: Atelier Restaurant Expansion

The completion of the Atelier restaurant is so close that we can taste it!  We are torn between saving everything for the big reveal and showing all the steps of a work in progress.  We decided to remain somewhere in between, with a few teaser pictures.  We’ll start with the all-new upstairs expansion, which is not quite finished.  There are boxes filling all of the...

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CTV Ottawa Morning Live: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

CTV Ottawa Morning Live: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

Back in 2013, we created the look for the new trendy burger joint in town, Burgers n’ Fries Forever.  The restaurant prides itself on providing food that is handcrafted, local, and fresh — never frozen or bagged.  Our design had to reflect that.  Restaurant co-owner Jamil Bhuya said of our design: We put a lot of time and effort into the interior.  When people see...

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One of the hands-on items created by Urbanomic Interiors for this project was this custom stencil.  We enlarged a portion of the client's logo and had the stencil created out of vinyl.  We then applied black + brown paint to create a "charred wood" effect on the wall.

Hooch Bourbon House

In June 2013, Hooch Bourbon House opened where Levante had once stood.  It was our design that transformed the look of this once dim and unappealing venue, where the previous restaurant had lasted less than a year.  We updated it with industrial chic and a hint of graphic novel inspiration for contrast. Most reviews focus on Hooch’s food and beverages, which are fabulous, to say...

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Ottawa Magazine: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

Ottawa Magazine: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

We were featured again in Ottawa Magazine, this time in the 2015 Interiors issue!  Justine Baltessen and I were interviewed by Sarah Brown for the “My Look” section at Burgers n’ Fries Forever, whose interior we designed in the summer of 2013. Photos © Jessica Deeks Photography | jessicadeeks.com Check us out in the Interiors 2015 Issue: Light Fantastic on the Ottawa magazine site or...

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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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