Unique restaurants in art galleries are growing and this new wave is changing the way we eat in by creating their own visual feasts for visitors. So, today, we selected some contemporary restaurants with a modern design to inspire you:
The Wallace Restaurant at The Wallace Collection, London
The Wallace Restaurant is located within the beautiful Wallace Collection gallery on Manchester Square, considered to be one of the best collections of fine arts including paintings, porcelain and furnishings in the UK.
Flooded with natural light, and dotted with trees and sculptures, This modern restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy Afternoon Tea in impressive surroundings. Peyton and Byrne’s Brasserie at The Wallace Collection offers a menu featuring classical European fare with a modern update, including dishes such as razor clams with seaweed cracker and parsley purée. Open late on Friday and Saturday evenings, the à la carte menu is a treat to be savored, while there’s no better place for a mid-week breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea in London.
Pharmacy 2 at Newport Street Gallery
The second coming of the contemporary artist Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy restaurant, Pharmacy 2 is an immersive addition to Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall. His longtime friend and chef Mark Hix has created a menu up there with the best in London galleries (‘Heaven and Earth’ — a marble of soft black pudding with mashed apple and potato is a must-try), but the eccentric dining room is the main draw.
Here the restaurant is a site-specific installation of Hirst’s iconic medicine cabinets, pill-shaped bar stools and etched glass windows that cast a kaleidoscope of colour onto diners every time a train trundles past. Eat early on a Saturday and walk it off in the gallery after, when it’s open until 10 pm.
The Restaurant at The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Take in the museum’s extensive collection of art and architecture and then work up an appetite with a stroll through the center’s landscaped gardens. The Restaurant provides an ideal setting for a relaxing lunch, and the seasonal menus make the most of fresh, local produce.
Inside the 150-seat dining room, you can check out the large, mixed-media art installation by L.A. artist Alexis Smith or snag one of the 75 seats on the outdoor terrace, which boasts views of the Santa Monica Mountains.
FRANK Restaurant at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Located in the Art Gallery of Ontario, this modern restaurant is an award-winning restaurant designed by the world-renowned, Toronto-born Frank Gehry.
Executive chef Renée Bellefeuille, formerly of The Drake Hotel, expertly combines international flavors and locally sourced ingredients to create delicate and innovative dishes. This unique restaurant has its limited-edition specialty menus, which are inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions.
The Portrait Restaurant at The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery’s top floor restaurant has a long, narrow dining room and is thus louder than the apocalypse. The food is the most impressive thing as fish and seafood cookery is the kitchen’s clear strength. However, and impressive views across Trafalgar Square are guaranteed from each seat. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a Mediterranean-inspired fine dining menu of classic dishes executed with a modern flair.
What do you think about these unique restaurants? Give it a try!