Concrete bricks, yellow glass, azure blue curtains, chromed steel, Douglas fir, and brown leather seats take center stage inside this new 220-square-meter Japanese burger restaurant in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland, recently designed by local firm Haf Studio.
Located on newly renovated bustling street Hverfisgata, Yuzu seats 80 guests over an open plan built around see-through yellow glass kitchen where the chef team lead by renowned Icelandic chef Haukur Mar Hauksson play the main role. The restaurant can be divided into smaller separated units with these azure blue wool curtains from Kvadrat.
This new concept from the guys behind Húrra Reykjavík and Flatey Pizza draws its inspiration from Nordic and Japanese aesthetics in a modern way. The signature dish on the menu is the Yuzu burger that comes with steam baked bun, other courses are Japanese inspired where the Yuzu fruit plays a big role. The overall goal for Haf Studio was to create a relaxed and effortless place that mixes Nordic and Japanese aesthetics.
The lounge is a spacious area to wait for a table and enjoy a drink in couches from Swedish brand HEM accompanied by eye-catching bright bold chair from the French Moustache. The designers chose industrial lights from the French Sammode lighting along with other yellow neon lights. The rough concrete makes a great harmony with finely crafted Dinesen Douglas fir planks and brown leather benches. Though the structure of the space is rough and industrial the overall feel is warm and inviting in this fresh new restaurant that plays rap music only.
The metal chair used throughout the interior is designed by HAF Studio specifically for the restaurant. Called New School, the locally-produced chair references a specific primary school chair that was used by a generation of Icelandic school children.