Bret Thorn once told me that Ambience is the 2nd most important part of a dining experience. The first is whom you are with.
I think the two aren't mutually exclusive.
Standards & Pours' Sonya Moore and I just had an over-the-cubicle high-five over #9 on Jezebel's "10 sexiest everyday men of 2008," famed barman Sasha Petraske.
Jezebel's 10 Sexiest Everyday Men
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The International Hotel & Restaurant Awards are in, and KOKO Restaurant + Bar has received the 2008 Best Conceptual Design Restaurant Award. The restaurant opened this year in the Opus Montreal, a new boutique hotel in Montreal, and serves high-end, Asian-fusion small plates.
The big-box, deco-style atmosphere is the work of Opus Hotel designer Robert Bailey
“Koko adds an exciting new element to the dining scene in Montreal,” says John deC. Evans, President of Opus Hotels. “Much as its setting integrates the classic aspects of Joseph-Arthur Godin’s 1914 art nouveau structure with its adjoining contemporary concrete and glass structure, Koko blends an array of Far Eastern flavours and textures with Western culinary techniques to bring an international dining and socializing experience..."