The “Premium Yakiniku” restaurant located in the Roppongi district of Tokyo is a breathless design restaurant, an “authentic experience” and “unique environment” which seems to reference a cave home. The goal of this design project was to completely change customers’ images of what a restaurant experience can be, which will create vivid and inspirational memories.
This interior design project reveals a completely different concept from conventional Yakiniku restaurants, it will take the customer into the middle of a quiet forest to enjoy a unique meal. This outstanding project was conceived by Tokyo-based architect Ryoji Iedokoro. Iedokoro said that they were inspired by the primal hunter humans who gathered inside a cave or outside in a forest to sit around a fire to cook and share their catch.
His effort was to create an environment that evokes caves, forests, and creeks where the community gather together to forget the urban side of the city and share a meal.
The interior design of the restaurant consists of two contrasting floors. The first floor takes its inspiration from a “cave-like” setting. The stucco-like texture of the walls creates a rough uneven surface resembling an actual cave wall. The floor features a special glass material that resembles both the appearance and texture of stone. Additionally, a specially constructed 6.5-meter glass table has a unique look that makes it appear as if smoke has been captured in the glass.
The second floor has the earth and greenery as its theme. The multilayered levels of the floor, resemble contour lines. Climbing the different levels of this unusual and asymmetric landscape is definitely a unique experience that excites the senses. If one were to lean against the slope, it would feel almost like being at a hillside picnic.