The chef is the main character at this Meguro restaurant, which sits guests inches from the action of the kitchen.
Kenta Nagai Studio designed the space, adopting a strictly minimalist approach that further puts the emphasis on the food. A wooden counter curves through the kitchen, allowing diners to watch Chef Mark at work as he prepares the Italian-Japanese dishes the restaurant is known for.
The interiors might be sparse, but the studio has chosen each piece carefully. Black chairs with horse-shoe backs line the main counter, echoed by dark concrete floors that draw the eye through the space. Kenta Nagai Studio has added partitions to create a pair of dining booths, lit – like the rest of the Tokyo restaurant – with copper wall lights that reflect a candle-esque glow.
Ingredients are seasonally and locally sourced from farms just outside Tokyo, with dishes changing on a daily basis.
1-chōme-23-14 Meguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0063, Japan