Hong Kong ‘Continental’ Would Fit A 2nd Floor Space On Robson Street

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Restaurant Porn is a regular column of daydreams presented as a means to introduce Vancouver diners and designers to concepts, looks, and fully-formed ideas that they might draw an inkling of inspiration from. We do our best to pair the foreign rooms with local addresses so as to let everyone in on the daydream.

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(via) There’s an authoritative, comfort to emerald green. It somehow trips an occipital cord in our heads, perhaps reminding us of The Wizard of Oz’s omnipotence…or the reassuring patina of an old school banker’s lamp…or maybe it’s simply the shimmering lustre that does the trick. Either way it’s just a trick. The colour is just a colour, even if it’s been proven to calm and put people at ease. We could see it doing just that at The Continental in Hong Kong. The new re-design of the 120 seat restaurant by London-based David Collins Studios is stunning in its slick, dreamy riffs on the European cafes of yesteryear. Aside from all the emerald green tiling and leather work, the place is a bright feast of brass, marble and tobacco-coloured wood set upon a chevron-patterned parquet floor with a wavy, almost psychedelic ceiling being the one striking admission of modernity. (Also, dig those wide-mouthed gangster tables and bum-swaddling brown chairs in the photo above!) If we could imagine a similar interior thriving anywhere in Vancouver, we could see it improving the luxury shop-heavy stretches of Alberni or Robson just west of Burrard, perhaps on the second floor so it could be removed from all the hustle and bustle (a la CinCin, Joe Fortes).

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  1. Robson Street doesn’t deserve a restaurant this nice, Alberni street on the other hand or perhaps where the beach bay cafe is currently now.

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