The original Japonais, located on the western edge of downtown Chicago and named one of the city’s best restaurants, is an oasis of serenity and intimacy housed in a dramatic 10,000-square-foot space. A minimal Japanese aesthetic is tempered with touches of European elegance throughout the restaurant’s two dining rooms, lounge, and outdoor seating area—the perfect setting for contemporary Japanese cuisine prepared with exceptional French technique.
“I believe restaurant design is like theater–you’re setting the stage for the host to dazzle his or her guests.”
“Guests today look for venues that offer multiple features. The idea is for them to come one night and return another, not having the same experience.”