Imagining this Bright London Eatery as a Cool ‘Room with a View’ in the Heart of Railtown

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.

(via) Vancouver has no shortage of clean-lined, slickly-appointed and bright restaurants, but have you ever noticed how seldom bold uses of colour make it into the mix? The scarcity of anything similar is why this gorgeous eatery in London loudly pinged our radar…

WHAT IT IS: Treves & Hyde, a daytime-specific 1,400 sqft restaurant and bar with bright ochre walls and furnishings. Designed by New York firm Grzywinski + Pons, it was conceived as a coffee-fuelled work space that could still appeal as a proper restaurant, cocktails and all. Material employed include natural stone, ceramics, brass, wood, concrete, blackened steel and suede. My friend Neil Ingram would call the colour scheme “seven shades of Tuscan regret” – an aesthetic trap that a lot of Mediterranean-themed restaurants fall into –  but I love it in this instance. (What the pictures don’t show. A huge Texas smoker and Argentine grill on the umbrella-littered patio.)

WHERE IT IS: London’s Whitechapel neighbourhood (deep in the city’s East End).

WHERE WE WISH IT WAS: On Railways St. in Railtown/Japantown, preferably the 400 block on the north side of the street where the back of it afforded a sweeping view of the North Shore mountains.

WHY WE WISH IT WAS THERE: Because the neighbourhood has fewer restaurants today than it did 75 years ago. There is room for a lot more in these parts!

Photography by Nicholas Worley

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