Jacques & Laurent Pourcel and Olivier Château decided to set up their new restaurant Yazhou to pay tribute to all the Mediterranean and Asian culinary influences, here in this unlikely city, right where it would be least expected. It is however, here where they have found huge creative energy.
Located in a charming old building, Yazhou is beautifully spacious, a subtle blend of materials put together by the eminent designer Philippe Castro Castejon, from the Parisian agency Terra Nova, who decided to go for a harmony of 1970s and vintage.
Yazhou gives a nod to Asia with its collection of antiques from the world over.
A classical, timeless backdrop blends in harmoniously with spectacular, even bold pieces, like delicate calligraphy or fabulous tables. Among them, a unique table in its shape, aspect and texture, nicknamed « la table loukoum » (the Turkish Delight table!): a strong, stable foot, holds up a soft, floppy, melting top… « we are definitely in Lebanon! »
With fuchsia pink in the entrance, warm chocolate for the cocktail bar, a black and white chessboard for the main dining room, the decor is somewhat eclectic but with an acute sense of balance and beauty with the blend of materials such as grey oak and metal in every shape and form from brushed or hammered for the columns and wood and metal for the ceiling.
The walls of the main dining room have been entirely decorated in keeping by the Lebanese artist Jean-Marc Nahas, giving a soul to Yazhou. Hence, as if it were wallpaper entrusted to him by the interior designer, the artist has covered this voluminous white page with drawings interpreting his creativity. These black pen drawings give Yazhou its originality and accentuate its one-off identity.
The interior is divided up into several small rooms giving the impression of « entering a home ». Yazhou’s main room, with its brasserie design, can seat up to 80 people. The ceiling decorated with silvery balls is in stark contrast with the rectangular tables laid up in lines. Two beautiful private rooms provide a quiet ambiance. The carpet, imposing standard lamps in compressed plastic with dimmed lights, enhance the feeling of a quieter area.
The singularity of this place is undeniably the kitchen/bar feel to its kitchen which opens out into the restaurant like a bar at Dim Sum, where the team of cooks, come especially from Shanghai, is busy, and the other part, mostly organized around the wok where the chefs sauter the gambas, vegetables, chicken and soba …
In the centre, the imposing bar at Dim Sum is illuminated by the bright brass. Behind it, is the bright red wine cellar, with the same external lighting and bamboos under the windows. Everywhere is colorful and light!
Yazhou is above all a place where you feel good, with its chic and quirky ambiance, where the leading chefs’ expertise will make your visit a truly memorable one. A new, original and completely captivating address.
1 dining room: seating capacity 80
2 rooms, 1 of which is private: capacity 17 per room
2 terraces 1 of which 1 outside and 1 no-smoking