An Inside Look at Birch Restaurant in St. Petersburg
Birch is a vivid relaxed restaurant of author’s cuisine in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. The venue was opened by 4 talented young chefs, who boast of an affordable and simple menu with an Asian, Latin or any other unusual twist. The design was completed by St. Petersburg – based Architecture bureau DA.
“It was decided that the restaurant would have two halls: The first is open to everyone, and the second is a secret hall with an open kitchen, where guests can come only for a set menu offered by the chef. It all started with the name for the venue, Birch, which simultaneously refers to something primordially Russian (this is associated with the fact that some local foodstuff used here) and is also associated with openness, simplicity and grace. The interior is built on a laconic combination of two basic materials: light wood, reminiscent of birch, and stainless steel, referring to the aesthetics of restaurant cuisines. The plaster surfaces of the walls serve as background emphasizing these materials. It was desired to make the first room cozier and warmer, so here wood is predominant, with steel only emphasizing the details. The main method here is the creation of the image of a birch grove surrounding the hall, which is created by an indirect association and is related to the name of the restaurant. In the center of the hall, there is a large chef-table, where the chefs can hold master classes. Another interesting feature of Birch is the service: the chef serves the specialties to the guests personally, very often adding the finishing touches to the dish already at the guests’ table as an element of the show. That is why it was decided to make all the seats semi-bar style, so that the faces of the guests are exactly at the level of the faces of the chefs , which creates an atmosphere of openness and simplicity. And the tables for 2 and 4 along the perimeter have a characteristic elongated shape. The free space beside each table is intended for the chief serving the dish so that he may tell the guests about the dish while serving it. The second room is styled in kitchen aesthetics dominated by stainless steel and tiles. The kitchen area is completely open, and the guests can observe all the basic cooking processes. Here they can see the hot, cold and confectionery shops. Only the zone for preliminary operations is hidden in the utility space. The main decorative element here is a panel covering the entire wall. It consists of seven thousand individual wooden cylinders and one hundred and twenty-five cylinders of stainless steel among them form the word BIRCH,” explained Architecture bureau DA
- Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Date completed: 2018
- Design: Architecture bureau DA
- Photos: Sergey Melnikov