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Charlène Bourgeois : Honō Izakaya

A "Japanese tavern". This is how the owners of the Honō Izakaya restaurant in Quebec City present their establishment. Carried out in 2018 by Charlène Bourgeois, the project gives pride of place to raw materials and amenities conducive to conviviality, for such a delicate - and tasty result! - than the sashimi served here.

Quebec, rue Saint-Joseph. On January 29, 2018, a new address opens its doors here to the delight of Canadian taste buds ... and their eyes! Because if the chef's menu - in which we find, in bulk: yakitoris, tempuras, curries and, it seems, excellent cocktails - is enough to justify the trip, the restaurant design signed by the architect Charlène Bourgeois is worth also the detour.

A success that is due as much to the arrangement of the volumes as to the choice of materials. Because although it is installed in a simple room open to the street - now sequenced by the creation of a half-level -, the Honō Izakaya offers different dining areas: here, an intimate cantilever table inlaid in a wall ; there, a large ultra-friendly counter sheltered by a pergola; further on, a bar, installed just in front of the kitchen to observe the work of the brigade.

As for the materials, the designer has selected them with care, favoring those that would best match the character of the existing - in particular revealed by the exposure of a wall visible from the entrance. Thus, the light wood of the fittings, the white earthenware tiles and the leather of the stools underline the robustness of the stone and concrete left rough. But beware ! The result is so convincing that the Honō Izakaya regularly sells out. And since the house does not take reservations, it is better to do it in advance to be sure to have a place ...

To learn more, visit the Honō Izakaya site

Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

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