Intricate Tokyo Restaurant Design Mimics A Forest With Caves

Dine inside a cave, or surrounded by trees, in a captivating restaurant designed to make patrons feel connected to nature


  • 1 FEBRUARY 2018

Nikunotoriko, a restaurant in Tokyo’s wealthy Roppongi district, offers diners a stunning visual experience with its cave-like dining rooms, trees and earth tones inspired by nature’s mystique. Designed by the architecture firm Ryoji Iedokoro, the yakiniku restaurant serves dishes centered around grilled meat.

Nikunotoriko’s design goes beyond eye-catching aesthetics. “For this particular project, in addition to the visual aspect, the design places an important emphasis on the sense of touch and texture as well,” the architects write on their website. “As a result, the design for this yakiniku restaurant recreates the open yet comfortable feeling of a natural environment.”

The first floor of the restaurant takes its cues from caves, while the second floor incorporates greenery and earth—so diners can take their pick of two different moods. “Traditionally, in Japan, emphasis is placed on the presentation of a meal with special care taken when selecting the bowls, plates and utensils to match not only the content of the meal but also things such as the seasons,” Ryoji Iedokoro says. “The design of this yakiniku restaurant is an extension of this concept with the atmosphere itself being used to contribute to the dining experience.”

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