Momofuku is a new outpost for the ever-expanding empire of celebrity chef David Chang. This partially glazed stack of four separate dining environments, located inside the Shangri La Hotel in downtown Toronto, is cohesively connected by a jigsaw puzzle of horizontal oak slats that covers some of the feature walls, from the main floor’s ramen restaurant to the second level, where a more intimate bar and dining area can be rented out for private events. On the top level, a ribbed oak cube floats dramatically above the spacious third restaurant, where custom seating and chandeliers by Rich Brilliant Willing anchor the dining experience. Just as Chang mixes culinary highs with such workaday street food as ramen, the Design Agency has orchestrated sophisticated comfort in a series of intimate, inviting interiors.
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