Food

brand new nha trang

Here's a sneak peek of the brand identity Whitespace has been developing for Nha Trang, the Vietnamese restaurant that has grown from a tiny little shop to several outlets across the city.

This new location is in Tai Koo Shing, and will be the first to have the full identity in place. Watch this space for more news about the revamp from logo, packaging and website.

happy clients = cupcakes

Getting thanked with cupcakes from a happy client is a great way to end the week. This delicious dozen fresh from Let Them Eat Cake, came from The9thMuse, whom we've been working with to create their brand from the ground up. We cannot wait for the launch of their new site and want to thank them for being so sweet to work with the past few months. Watch this space for more news of their launch.

yardbird

Our friend Matt Abergel, ex-head chef at Zuma and MASA (NY), has opened Yardbird - a modern yakitori spot up on Bridges Street. With an identity done by Evan Hecox, we're already in love. We've tasted the menu which includes corn tempura, korean cauliflower rice cakes, fruit tomatoes and of course yakitori and all of it is damn delicious. Opened now, but until the alcohol license gets approved, it's BYOB. Yardbird, 33-35 Bridges St. Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Open 6pm till late.

graze at martin no. 38

Back in 2006, Whitespace worked on a brand identity for a new restaurant in Rochester Park called Graze (not to be confused with the one with the same name in Hong Kong). Known for its black and white colonial architecture and long lazy lunches, Graze was an instant hit. Now it's opened up its second location in Singapore with a more wine and charcuterie twist, at Martin No. 38 and we look forward to seeing it grow further! Graze, 38 Martin Road, Singapore Tel 6509 1680 www.graze.sg

eat please

This is not the best time to talk about Japanese food after the massive earthquake happened like 2 weeks ago. But when I came across this campaign by Issey Miyake Pleats Please, I cannot not show my admiration to the acute creativity and refined craftsmanship of the Japanese.  This tasteful campaign is designed by Taku Satoh Design in Japan. Our blessings to Japan that they will recover soonest, have faith!

the night market

thenightmarket_01 Whitespace held our Christmas lunch at The Night Market — a newly opened and simply gorgeous Taiwanese restaurant in Central, Hong Kong that serves well-known street foods, home-style dishes and renowned Taiwanese drinks. It's a restaurant that personifies owner Allen Lin's experience of growing up in Taiwan as well as having travelled and lived around the world.

Taipei is known for it's food, and The Night Market took all of us there for a taste of the local street fare. The lunch sets came in bento-style boxes with lots of side dishes including egg, tofu and eggplant, and if there is one thing you must try it's the popular Three Cup Chicken, which was delicious.

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Our team really loved the interiors, designed by Alexi Robinson (who was responsible for the design of Press Room Group's flagship restaurant, SML) and Michael Young, and especially appreciated and took note of the quirky branding, tableware and ceramic design done by Latitude Design Studio, founded by Jesse McLin and Julie Progin. "The branding needed to take the customers through the distinctive Taiwanese pop and food culture with a humorous and unexpected twist. We set the feel of the graphics in the logo, a peculiar silhouette of a food cart that conceals a highly detailed hand drawn twin, a playful take on the rich and eclectic personalities of the Taiwanese markets. From the menu to the bento boxes, all of the identity was hand rendered to reflect the honesty of the markets and the meticulous detailing in the graphics allows customers to uncover new facets of the brand at each visit."

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We were thrilled to learn that the plates and bowl sets are available from a few places in town; directly from the designers: Latitude Design Studio, at BFelix (192A Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan) and also at Kapok (3 Sun Street, Wan Chai) The Night Market, 11 Stanley Street, 6th & 7th Floor, Central, Hong Kong Monday – Friday 11:30am to 3pm, 6:30 to 11pm, Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm and closed Sundays.

detour communal table series

Join us at Detour's Communal Table Series this week for an informal chat and exchange of ideas about food, design, art and culture. We'll be speaking with Stanley Wong, Danny Fang from Fang Studios and Michael Leung from HK Honey. At S|M|L, Wednesday December 1st, first come, first served! detour_communaltable

derriere

Out of all the meals we enjoyed in Paris, Derriere was one of the best we had. Although we took the late seating at 11pm, the berry mojitos and pineapple caiparinhas from next-door Andy Wahloo (with their wonderfully type-set drinks menu!) staved off the hunger and we took turns wandering around the house, looking for the 'smoking room', which was in fact hidden behind a large Narnia-like closet. Derriere, 69, rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris+ 33 1 44 61 91 95 Reservations a must!

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too delicious!

Three years after their first cookbook DELICIOUS, Claudia Shaw d'Auriol and Dominica Yang approached Whitespace again to art direct and design their follow-up edition, TOO DELICIOUS. Full of savoury and sweet recipes gathered from their own kitchens, the new book launches tonight at Shanghai Tang. All proceeds of the book go to support Room to Read and will be available at all major bookshops in the city as well as Lane Crawford, Harvey Nichols, Mandarin Oriental, G.O.D and online through Haven Books. Pick up a copy and help to build more libraries for children around world! toodelicious_cover.jpg