Let’s Go Out Again is the name of a book published last month by Gestalten. It’s a stunning book about architecture and restaurants, bars and unusual food places. The cover caught our attention because it features the restaurant The Jane by Sergio Herman and Nick Bril in Antwerp (Read our interview with Sergio Herman here).
The book is edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann and Michelle Galindo. It looks at how interior designers and architects worldwide are working together with chefs and restaurateurs to create new concepts to make going to a restaurant a multisensory experience.
In the interview with Food and Wine Gazette, Sergio Herman spoke about the detail they had gone into to make The Jane an eclectic experience for diners, making it simpler than his former restaurant Oud Sluis, but without compromising on quality or presentation. The location is all the more stunning and Sergio Herman defined it as a ‘once in a lifetime project’.
The dining experience has been changing over the past years with many restaurants in different market segments looking not just at excellent cuisine but also working to make the experience for customers something to remember.
Unfortunately, we have been accustomed in the past to having restaurants in stunning locations being so called ‘tourist traps’ with poor service and at times poor food. But this is starting to change and there are those who really want to create a unique experience.
This book is a perfect showcase of atmospheric eating places from around the world. The featured projects all represent state-of-the-art collaborations among architects, artists, designers, restaurateurs and chefs.
The book is divided into six chapters, each of which exemplifies an aesthetic and conceptual point of view. From understatement to modern musings, rough and local, progressive, graphic spaces and dramatic. Each of these approaches goes beyond the visual aspect of the project and they amplify the philosophy of the kitchens and bars that they help define.
For lovers of architecture, interior designs or food this is a must for your library. It is also a great reference for places to when you are travelling around the world. Because, let’s face it, there is nothing compared to traveling to unleash our creativity.