the paramount, bourke street
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RamenYa is a casual ‘no frills’ restaurant selling authentic Japanese noodles in the style of a modern Japanese Ramen bar. The owners’ philosophy is to combine fresh and nutritious food in an elegant yet simple setting with value for money. In-keeping with the Southern- Japanese influences from which RamenYa’s noodles are inspired, the conceptual idea references traditional Japanese push-cart stalls (‘Yatai’) which are synonymous with pork-bone Ramen. Key visual and emotive characteristics of ‘Yatai’ include bright paper lanterns (which contrast against the night sky - when Yatai are active), use of low-cost natural materials (generally timber) and an intimate & informal dining experience. These same elements are interpreted and exaggerated to suit the scale of the space.120 spherical paper lanterns are suspended in a cloud like arrangement achieving a strong visual statement at an extremely low cost. The other graphic element utilised was the use of natural timber – characteristic of the ‘feel-good’ factor of Japanese Yatai.