Inside Asia’s Top-5 best designed restaurants

3) Fish market UO8, Japan

Fish market U08 (UOHACHI) gets its name from its location, I kid you not! Only, the “fish market” belongs to a glamorous street. Its hybrid seafood restaurant of Japanese and Italian cuisine has a façade that is designed in a vintage style to match its famous location, “Funai Gobancho shotengai”. Many mirrors have been planted in the entire space to enlarge its scale even as the chandeliers give it that slight bit of “glittery”.
“The pentagon-shaped space also makes the preserve effective in the whole space. This impresses guests that they can enjoy fresh fishes, clams, and homard lobsters because it’s in a fish market,” added Harutaka Taira, the designer behind this property. There are divided zones on the 2nd floor, with private rooms having different walls and furniture to give the place a multi-faceted identity.

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2) Capo, Shanghai
“Located at the attic of a 1911 building in Shanghai’s Rockbund, Capo is a modern take on the Italian rustic “Cookhouse” concept- a room bustling with activity in a contemporary setting.” Designed by Neri & Hu, the restaurant has a meat-and-seafood-centric menu amidst a décor that incorporates leather details, brick, vintage wood floor and intimate lighting.
Part of the JIA collection of boutique hotels and restaurants founded by entrepreneur Yenn Wong, Capo evokes a ‘basilica’ feel but with accents of color and decked in classical art that is also quirky. Off the main dining room are three smaller rooms for private dining, a cozy bar for pre and post dinner tipple and a rooftop terrace to enjoy some al fresco revelry.

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