Fabled Studio, in collaboration with Founder Samyukta Nair, designed the dining rooms of London’s Koyn as a tribute to the Japanese landscape and culture. Now, the Mayfair restaurant is launching a new izakaya-style bar inspired by the terraces of Mount Fuji to mark its first anniversary.
The London restaurant and bar occupies the former US Embassy and Canadian High Commission on Grosvenor Street – a block stocked with classic Victorian redbricks. Inside, its dining room and bar are like two sides of a coin, deliberately contrasting – but also familiar.
Guests sit at sage-coloured velvet benches and stools arranged along a hand-carved marble sushi counter in the restaurant. Timber ceiling beams and dyed blinds are an apparent reference to Japanese craft and design codes.
Things get a little more dramatic in the downstairs dining room – a moody space that draws on the imagined dark interior of Mount Fuji. Here, the colour palette shifts to inky-coloured furniture and bright red pops, which evoke the tiled roofs of traditional Japanese homes.
Meanwhile, Koyn Bar draws on izakaya drinking dens with high oak ceilings, green marble and Japanese fretwork alongside Japanese screens printed with mountain scenes. The centrepiece is a bronze leaf mirror meant to evoke the rising sun displayed alongside antique sake jars sourced from Nagoya in Japan.
The Japanese word izakaya comprises three kanji – stay-drink-place. Koyn Bar’s snack menu features senbei with crab, cucumber and shiso dressing; yellowtail cucumber roll with jalapeño salsa and citrus soy; hand-held wagyu burger and boneless chicken wings stuffed with truffle rice. A huge selection of Japanese whisky, sakes and cocktails is also available.
To mark the launch, from 21-23 September, the Koyn team – helmed by Samyukta Nair – is also launching its very first Bar Residency Series, featuring 1930 Secret Cocktail Bar, Opium and Three Sheets.