Akaiito Restaurant And Bar, Melbourne

Restaurant / Australia / HBA Hong Kong / Completed in 2019


Melbourne’s Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, has yet again created an inspiring dining experience in Flinder’s Lane Melbourne – Akaiito Restaurant & Bar. The upper level invites guests into an atmospheric, modern Japanese dining experience with seating for up to 54 diners, including an private dining room. The central, stone-topped counter, is lined with stools accommodating up to 18 diners, providing guests with front row seats to the show-stopping kitchen experience of the signature Robatayaki Charcoal Grill. While the underground cocktail bar transports guests to another world and completes the venue.

The interior developed by the HBA design team brings to life an ancient Japanese legend – “The red thread of destiny”. An invisible thread attached at our little finger leads us through life where the one whom we are destined to be with awaits us at the other end of that thread. This romantic tale is manifest in every aspect of the interior and graphic design. A bright red thread that illuminates the exposed wooden ceiling leads guests through the bold, moody space further into the restaurant and the bar below. The thread connects guests, with the space, the chefs and the food. In creating a captivating, dark atmosphere, illuminated by the “red thread” light feature, HBA also paid homage to the restaurant’s location in a heritage building. The aged historic details of the building, with its original bluestone walls, wooden beams and unique, basement columns harmoniously blend the restaurant’s location with the vibrancy of the venue’s modern concept


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