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10 gorgeous restaurants opened in the past year: ready to book a table?

Here’s the 10 best restaurants inaugurated in 2017 out of the plenty for all budgets and tastes we have been writing about until now

Courtesy photo: Bluarch Architects + Interiors + Lighting

With 2017 now gone, what a better time for top charts and final evaluations! For instance, let’s delve deep into the list of the 10 best restaurants inaugurated in the past year. We have been unearthing many of them in any corner of the globe, whether unconventional, innovative, luxurious and nostalgic; ranging from industrial venues to pastel chromatic palettes, and from Michelin-starred kitchens to simple cafeterias. Still, the one and only name of the game here – no matter if it was a luxury restaurant or some refectory open to solidarity – is strictly interior decoration, the way we like it and hope you like it, too. While wishing you a stunning 2018 full of beauty and good taste, here’s the Top 10 restaurants opened in the year we just kissed goodbye.

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Let’s kick off from New York. Recently renovated by studio Bluarch, Times Square Diner offers a contemporary take on the more traditional American diners/cafes, those where waitresses hang around with coffee bricks and stuff. This kind of venues, once so popular in the US, are nowadays on their way to extinction, and yet such fresh new cafe-restaurant in New York is a one-of-kind design piece which will sure survive the test of time. A blend of warm colours and humble materials, the space features wavy walls and ceilings with soft green linen-clad systems made of plywood panels. Classic seating booths and wooden tables complete the scenario in such dangerously not-to-be-missed NYC cafeteria.

Refettorio Felix, a non-profit organization founded by Italian chef Massimo Bottura, is a proof of design and architecture’s power against social isolation. Featured in the wider project Food For Soul, Refettorio has a daily changing menu based on surplus ingredients supplied by London food waste charity The Felix Project, and offers free Michelin-starred cuisine to local guests with unprivileged backgrounds. Architect Charles Wainwright and interior designer Ilse Crawford have shaken up an historic community space in St Cuthbert’s Centre, right in the Earl’s Court district, by turning it into a refectory accommodating up to 100 guests. An actual feast of indoor plants, natural materials and pastel tones, this place is a unique mix of beauty and solidarity.


Courtesy photo: Tom Mannion 

Speaking of pastel colours, here’s the Singapore National Gallery housing the modern French restaurant Odette. Sacha Leong of Universal Design Studio opted for a cocktail of pale, soft, delicate chromatic nuances openly in contrast with the Asian megalopolis’ generally dark and gloomy atmospheres. Everything from seaters to light pieces, coffee tables and flooring, make such Singapore restaurant an actual Parisian culinary oasis of 290 square metres. 

Courtesy photo: Jovian Lim

Pastel tones, here we are again: Yafo, a mouth-watering Israeli restaurant in the heart of Paris’ X arrondissement, is led by chef Lotan Lahmi and focuses exclusively on hummus. Designed by Sonia Assault and Laure Chouraqui of Studio Sur Rue, this total-pink restaurant is fond of dusty rose, which spreads from the walls and ceilings to plaster and tiles. If you love hummus and pink, Yafo is definitely your thing!

Courtesy photo: Julien Benaiteau, Irvin Heller

Now a quick insight on the vegetarian world:  The Green Spot, in Barcelona, blends the fine cuisine of Spanish chef Marcelino Kimenez with natural, essential materials picked by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. Wooden walls, lush greenery, large picture windows: an ode to austere, almost monastic, elegance, made of design armchairs and tables which would perfectly suit a library as well.

Courtesy photo: Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

Look at the sinuous steel pipes running across Ricky and Pinky, a great Chinese restaurant in Melbourne. A work by local studio Sibling Architecture, the space mixes Australian multiculturalism with 1970s Chinese vogues and Shanghai’s typical Art Deco features. Located inside the Builder Arms Hotel, guests will be led throughout the rooms by a succession of golden and electric blue pipes providing a sense of visual continuity. Enjoy this Art Deco restaurant with mirrored tables reflecting food as a sign of good wishes.

Courtesy photo: Christine Francis

On top of the fresh new Dubai Opera sits a contemporary brasserie, Sean Connolly, which combines 1950s charme with oceanic echoes whilst looking at the Butj Khalifa skyscraper right in the face. Sidney-based architects Alexander&Co have worked side by side with Tribe Studio to create an oyster-shaped environment mixing smooth interiors with textured outer surfaces to the oceanic tones and colours of corals and pearlescent hues.   

Courtesy photo: Brooke Holm. 

And now back to the motherland. Located in the centre of Milan403030 Hhealty Kitchen results from Patricia Urquiola’s unique hand and the culinary expertise of “zone” chef Claudio Colombo Severini. 40, 30, 30 stand for the actual percentages of carbs, proteins and fat featured in every single dish. A visual balance comes across Urquiola’s design made of essential forms, natural materials and neutral tones. Welcome to a new landmark of food in Milan: casual, warm, comfortable and yet truly sophisticated. 

Courtesy photo: 403030 Healthy Kitchen 

Nestled inside Palais de Tokyo in ParisLes Grands Verres is the new restaurant and cocktail bar run by Quixotic. Overlooking the Tour Eiffel, the venue has been a soap factory, a carpet factory and only later on – starting in 1947 – it turned into the world-renowned outpost of contemporary art it is today. High ceilings, bare walls and industrial feel were delivered by Lina  Ghotmeh, whose approach is specifically “focused on the dialogue between the old and new”. 

Courtesy photo: Takuji Shimmura



Let’s wrap up our selection with Enigma, run by chefs Albert and Ferran Adrià: a quite mysterious and unique restaurant in Barcelona, it matches pioneering haute cuisine and award-winning design solutions by studio RCR Arquitectes. The result? A place requiring a secret code to be entered and serving utterly original ingredients like liquid nitrogen amidst metallic tones, glacial furniture and a 700 square-mere labyrinth.

Courtesy photo: Dámaso Pérez, Fototec




by Roberto Fiandaca / 10 January 2018


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