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Don’t just Dine In, Sit Inside a Japanese Dumpling!

In downtown Jakarta there exists an all-new, whimsical interpretation of contemporary Japanese street food – Gyoza Bar, where you can dine in with, or sit in, a Japanese dumpling.



BY Andrew McDonald

November 21st, 2017


In the hands of the design team at AlvinT Studio, Gyoza Bar channels Japanese culture old and new, recognisable and subtle. With eye-catching Japanese inspired anime-esque graphics throughout, there’s little confusion as to the cuisine in the bar, and the custom-designed furniture matches this aesthetic, with a young and cheerful mood held in mind during the design process

In the eating space, furniture has been chosen and designed to convey a convivial mood, representing both contemporary Indonesian style, and Japanese iconography. A notable highlight of the space is an oversized suspended lounge chair in the eating space, alongside the main dining area that takes the form of a unique seating booth complete with a giant Gyoza-shaped woven canopy!

There are many symbolic references to Japanese culture throughout the space, from a coin-shaped partition in the private rooms, and custom prints wallpaper on the main wall, to the branding’s inclusion of a cartoon Tanuki, an iconic breed of Japanese racoon. Overall the space echoes an idiosyncratic character that is contemporary Japanese fused with Indonesian touches.

Gyoza Bar space is a rather playful multilayered ornamentation inspired by both contemporary and traditional Japan, along with hints of Chinese and traditional Indonesian visual aesthetics.


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