One of the first modern eateries to put décor on centre stage, right alongside the food, is Zest in St Julian’s. Opening its doors in 2002, Malta’s first Asian fusion restaurant, according to director Erika Cassar Rouvelas, is “where East Meets West in both dining and décor, effortlessly blending the best of Asian taste with European refinement.”
The concept was clear from the outset, she says, and was interpreted to perfection by designer Pippa Toledo. “A design element that is unique to Zest is its location within a converted townhouse on the first floor of the boutique Hotel Juliani in Spinola Bay. The history of this unique setting is preserved and appreciated in original architectural details found throughout the restaurant, particularly in its façade, lounge and bar.”
Describing the restaurant’s overall design as modern, fresh and elegant, Erika adds that the chosen colour palette reflects the colourful Asian cuisine that inspires the menu, “and the signature pink found in our logo repeats throughout the restaurant in unexpected places such as custom lighting and bold statement walls.” Speaking of the importance of aesthetics within a restaurant, she continues, “we eat with all of our senses – most importantly taste, but also sight, smell and touch. Ambience is no less important than any other aspect of a meal. We have always put aesthetics first at Zest, and we are encouraged to see that new restaurants are following suit.”
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