Mexico City – At Kumoto by Tori Tori, a new Japanese fixture in the Mexican capital’s restaurant scene, the narrative of the cultural fusion is well practiced – it is also appropriately brought to life by local designers, Esrawe Studio.
In 1966, after deciding to leave his native Japan for Mexico City, Dr. Katsumi Kumoto Kawasaki likely could not have imagined that 40 years later he would be at the helm of a series of wildly successful sushi restaurants across the city. That’s because he got his start in dentistry: then, in 1995, made a departure from his career to open the first Tori Tori. The initial concept was to serve Japanese fast food, but then the doctor-turned-restauranteur became disenchanted with quality. He then opened Tori Tori’s second location, turning a new page: one focused on quality and traditional culinary techniques.
The Kumoto restaurant was conceived with an appropriate icon in mind: the bento box
Esrawe Studio and Rojkind Arquitectos, the imaginers behind the project, have worked with the Tori Tori group in the past, so they were no stranger to Dr. Kawasaki’s vision. This time, the Kumoto restaurant, built in the Lomas de Chapultepec area of the city, was conceived with an appropriate icon in mind: the bento box. The ceiling and walls, which wrap around the interior, are made of saw oak veneer, a warm blonde colour that invites diners into the space. The complementary wooden tables and chairs are fitted contrasting black upholstery that bolster the light play.