DesignLSM‘s brief was to create a new sophisticated dining destination that drew inspiration from the heritage of the site, a former Victorian haberdashery, which would compliment and enhance the delectable fusion cuisine on offer.
Issho (meaning ‘together’ in Japanese) subtly references the delicate textures, patterns and folds of East Asian fabrics creating an authentic and refined design aesthetic, that offers it’s guests the chance to discover the true art of fusion dining.
On arrival into the restaurant, patrons are greeted into a contemporary lobby featuring a striking monolithic reception desk dressed with intimate drapes complimented by a dramatic fireplace wall, which injects a warm and inviting ambience into the space.
A prominent feature is ‘The Kori Bar’, which is set alongside the rooftop terrace providing guests with the perfect setting for pre/post dinner cocktails and the chance to sample the delights of traditional Japanese sake. The striking timber framed bar takes centre stage within the area enhanced by an exquisitely lit monochrome ceiling artwork, which was specially commissioned by renowned Japanese designer Eley Kishimoto.
The 40-cover outdoor terrace is designed to be a calm and relaxing environment with a blend of comfortable lounge furniture, timber decking and displays of abundant greenery, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the resplendent views across the city.