POKE FIVE RESTAURANT ON COMMERCIAL DRIVE
With Poke Five, our goal was to show the owners that being bold and adventurous in the design is what would make the space truly memorable.
When the owners of Poke Five came to us to design their restaurant, they asked for a clean, minimalist, all-white modern look for the 250 square-foot space they had secured on Commercial Drive—a request that highlights one of the fundamental differences between residential design and commercial.
RESTAURANT DESIGN IS ABOUT CREATING A FANTASY
You're not here at Poke Five for a long time, but we want it to be a good time. The Japanese aesthetic is very clean and pared down, so we furnished the room with simple, small-profile tables and chairs. To inject that friendly, energetic Hawaiian feel, we gave the place a luscious dose of tropical plants and added contrasting coral planters.
SMALL SPACE. BIG IMPACT.
The custom ladder- and grid-like wall treatment was a way to add impact and visual interest at minimal cost. We opted to spend more on the cash area that greets guests entering the restaurant, creating a statement piece of variegated forest green and mint marble. Although the materials in this restaurant are not high end, we chose a few key pieces that are, so that the overall feeling is high end. Wood, white, light green—we made sure to choose a palette that is extremely minimal, although colourful, so that it makes Poke Five feel larger than its modest footprint.
THE 'INSTAGRAM MOMENT'
Nowadays the way your space, your food, your whole restaurant’s experience is photographed by strangers on their smartphones is vital to your company’s success. Standing out with a unique design is paramount in the city’s competitive restaurant landscape—and that's Poke Five.