If there's one restaurant in Miami that immediately comes to mind for spectacular design, it's Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau. The French firm behind it, Gilles & Boissier, is also responsible for other inspired designs that include Maison Boulud, Daniel Bouloud's restaurant in Beijing, and the W Hotel in Shanghai.
Dark-stained walnut tables and latticed panels pose a stunning contrast to the blue backlit screens that surround the restaurant and the turquoise upholstery in its booths. The restaurant has an open kitchen, visible from behind the blue screens in what becomes like an in-dining room theater. Behind the bar, lighting creates the effect of reflecting water. And moving toward the back of the restaurant, the theme becomes old-school opulence in the Ling Ling Room with its Chinoiserie design and black and gold drawn panels.
We're told that the goal in designing the restaurant was "to move away from the minimalism associated with modern Chinese restaurants with a view to 'bringing back the dragon.'" The result? An elegant, sophisticated space dotted with modern versions of authentic Chinese motifs. Take a look.
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