Mason Studio blends classic bistro style with futuristic twist in La Banane restaurant in Toronto

Mason Studio blends classic bistro style with futuristic twist in La Banane restaurant in Toronto

La Banane is a new French restaurant concept run by chef Brandon Olsen in Toronto. The interior was designed by studio practice Mason Studio.

“On a recent trip to France, Chef Brandon Olsen learned the idiom, “Tu as la banane”, and he has been smiling ever since. To Chef, the banana has always been emblematic of happiness and contentment. We integrated this sentiment by using it as a driver for the guest experience and interior design. The atmosphere is one of casual elegance where guests can comfortably relish in the decadence and formalities of fine French cuisine. Classically inspired references form the foundation of the interior, while artistic gestures such as a sculptural ceramic monkey adds a charming absurdity. Like the menu, the overall environment at La Banane is rooted in the classics but is distinctly modern. Once greeted, guests are met by the raw oyster bar which extends into a 35-foot long marble cocktail bar that culminates with a communal dining area, enveloped in a specialty wine and Champagne display. Collected vintage-crystal stemware and silver tableware are assembled above the bar on custom brass shelving and presented to guests on pressed white linens. The dining room is divided into three distinct encounters. The front dining area, known as the Sunroom, with vibrant emerald green panelled walls and coffered ceiling is adorned with banana-themed artwork, vintage lighting and layered plants. The furniture is a mix of vintage armchairs and custom two-seater loveseats at oval marble tables, providing a sun-soaked convivial environment for casual meals and cocktails. The center dining area consists of six round leather banquettes elevated on a platform, backdropped by a dynamic 40-foot long graphic mural of deconstructed palm leaves. Each alcove comfortably seats groups of six, creating an energetic and animated atmosphere while patrons overlook the activity of the seafood bar. The rear dining room is an intimate space blanketed by blue velvet curtains. An exposed brass rail circles the room from which the Chef’s private collection of contemporary art is suspended. When the past and the future mingle, it happens at La Banane under nouvelle futuristic pop and hallmarks of classic bistro-style dining. It is where contemporary art and saturated colour honour with revere an environment to support the food concept; referencing the classics but decidedly modern French-inspired cuisine,” explains Mason Studio

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Raw oyster bar & cocktail bar
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Custom brass shelving
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The Sunroom
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Emerald green panelled walls
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Center dining area
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Rear dining room