BY NAT WIDERA
Shinbashi is a Japanese restaurant on Lygon Street in Carlton. It is a fusion of Japanese tradition translated into modern times focussing on the celebration of food. The brief was to create a modern influenced Japanese restaurant. Aspects and details from traditional Japanese architecture were used throughout. A white illuminated bar with a timber slatted ceiling is the focal point of the space. A solid glass brick wall acts a divider between spaces. Raised seating platforms clad in a dark timber and with illuminated shadowlines are hovering and inviting customers to a very special dining experience. Here, the food is a celebration, the cooking of the high quality meats and vegetables is part of the experience. Brushed brass bars, a modern interpretation of traditional bamboo, are used to screen and define separate spaces. Low hanging pendant lights create the dining atmosphere shifting the focus to the food on offer but also allowing the illuminated bar to stand out and ground the space.