The Japanese restaurant appeals to the romantic in you with its warm lighting and interiors. Neha Sharma tells more.Updated: Jun 07, 2008 14:51 IST
It's theatrical, it's flirtatious, it's sexy, it's seductive. The experience feels like a prank with the everchanging lights dancing on the soft leather furniture, making it look cream one instant, green the other and a striking pink the next. No wonder.
The interiors of Wasabi by Morimoto, the new Japanese restaurant in The Taj Mahal Hotel, have been created by internationally renowned designers Theo and Mario Nicolaou.
They are famous for innovative and out-of-the-box designing, underground swimming pools, terrace gardens and luxury homes with sliding roofs.
The 1,550 sq feet, 53-seater restaurant encompasses a con temporary mood with its sensuous décor, modern textures, subtle detailing and play of cool lights, which complement the varied culinary experiences the space offers.
The designers say that they have tailored the design to complement the food concept. Their initial design submission was a response to a competition stage brief, which then evolved.
"Our approach was to tailor a design that offered a unique dining experience. We achieved this by drawing on our international experience and by introducing interesting material and lighting.We have focussed the attention on the Tepanyaki and Sushi bars and, of course, the food itself," they say.
The full-height entrance allows only glimpses of light and movement inside the restaurant. The lack of outward natural views and direct daylight have been turned into an advantage by creating interest within.
An intense blend of concealed LED lighting and flute glass chandeliers creates a romantic mood. The elegant play of level (with several elevations) and symmetry gives an innovative look to the scheme.
The walls are accentuated with wenge timber, the darkness and richness of which clashes beautifully with a carved wall finished in white.
Sake bar and lounge
The all-black, intricately aligned sake bar and lounge encapsulates a clean granite bar, wood-panelled walls and a regal glass barrier that separates the podium from the lounge and bar.
The enigmatic bar with a personality serves as the perfect setting for the various dramatic activities of the barmen - the way they hold a bottle, juggle it and pour the sparkling content into a swanky glass.
Tepanyaki and sushi bar
The interiors of the tepanyaki bar complement the hot and fizzy style of food preparation. Bright red lights and a dazzling painting of a red rose by Rakesh Kumar go well with the remarkable performances by the chefs.
The sushi bar, reminiscent of a stage set, is beautified by dim lighting. An evocative painting of a deep blue ocean by Sudip Chandra serves as the perfect backdrop to the cool composition.
The furniture is sophisticated, comfortable and tailored to match the designers' love for level-high stools in the sushi dining area, chairs in the tepanyaki bar and high backed chairs in the private dining area.
Private dining room
The private dining room is encapsulated in the sensuality and exclusivity of pink, well-lit onyx wall, luxurious high-backed chairs and an aura of vibrancy and passion.
Celebrities not wanting to be spotted, photographed or mobbed will love this cosy space. The drape allows you to seclude yourself from the other sequences or become a part of them while enjoying your dining experience. The immaculate, glittering glass chandelier adds to the luxurious décor.