Tile Addict followers will know that I am always keen to nose out a new restaurants that feature tiles as an integral part of the interior (and exterior) styling. What’s better than two of my great passions coming together in a shared space!
Architectural and interior surface specialists, the Cosentino Group, has been selected to provide design solutions for a vast range of professional kitchens and restaurants worldwide. Costentino’s wide portfolio of solid surface options – Silestone, Dekton, etc – have much to offer commercial applications; so it is little wonder that an increasing number of popular London establishments have selected either Silestone or Dekton, including Japanese restaurant Ichiryu; popular Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s and StreetXO, the new London-based restaurant by well-known Spanish chef, Daviz Muñoz.
Located in London’s Oxford Street retail hub, Ichiryu is a Japanese restaurant specialising in handmade Udon noodles. It was founded by entrepreneur Tak Tokumine, who was also behind Japan Centre, the Japanese food hall situated in central London. At Ichiryu, the emphasis is on healthy, fresh, natural flavours, and this is reflected in the restaurant’s design where light colours are paired with wood.
Dekton by Cosentino in the Aura design was chosen for the seven-metre-long servery area, in addition to a cashier countertop. Resistance to scratches, stains and thermal shock made Dekton ideal for these spaces, where daily usage is highly intense. The material’s low porosity ensures that liquid spills do not penetrate the surface, making it is easy to clean and maintain. In addition, the availability of Dekton in large format slabs lends a sense of continuity to the design.
With over 350 restaurants in the UK, Nando’s is a popular and well-established chicken chain, with flavours hailing from its South African and Portuguese roots. Customers are required to place their orders at the counter, and collect their own cutlery and condiments from serving stations. When designing the new Nando’s Bayswater restaurant, architects understood the need for a material that would be able to withstand a constant influx of customers, whilst blending with the establishment’s predominantly timber design.
Silestone by Cosentino in the Toffee shade was chosen for the two servery areas. Cosentino’s Commercial Project Manager Manuela Marin says, “It works beautifully with the timber and the rest of materials used for the project and, of course, it offers all the advantages of Silestone that makes it perfect for this type of application.”
These advantages include scratch, stain and impact resistance, and colour consistency, unmatched by natural stone, that ensures the countertop’s uniform aesthetic.
Opened in November 2016, StreetXO in London’s fashionable Mayfair, is the latest venture by Spanish chef, Daviz Muñoz. Known for his three Michelin starred fusion cuisine restaurant, DiverXO in Madrid, StreetXO is the chef’s first UK establishment. Striving to create a theatrical serving environment, with the kitchen visible to diners, the menu offers tapas-style dishes with a Spanish influence and pronounced Asian and South American flavours.
51 sq. metres of Dekton in the Spectra colour was selected as the wall cladding throughout the restaurant. This is situated in a basement space and features a strong black and red colour scheme throughout.
Silestone has also been specified throughout, with Polished Negro Tebas used for the main bar top and Polished Negro Marquina Marble for the tabletops. Silestone ensured a sleek aesthetic, and also provided heat, stain and scratch resistant properties.
Polished Doradus13 was chosen for the washbasins, while the same shade was also selected for shelves around the restaurant, including the restrooms.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2017.