Canvas Bistro’s new home, modern design
Canvas Bistro used to be in Ayala Center Cebu, at the quieter side of the restaurant strip at the second floor opposite the main building at The Terraces. After six long years, it has decided to transfer to a new home, at the burgeoning food strip near Maria Luisa Subdivision, at the Paseo Saturnino in Banilad.
Known for its predominantly Australian dishes with a local twist as prepared by Australian Chef Steve Shrimski, its not only the good food and a selection of Australian wines with a sprinkling of French and Spanish that Canvas Bistro is getting known for. The bar is also a gallery that showcases local artists and can be a venue for intimate dinners and gatherings. But for one who is into interiors, design and architecture, you’ll be in for a treat.
First things first. The current space used to be occupied by the short lived Cable Car, the supposed to be Cebu branch of the popular Makati bistro. When it became available, Chef Steve and Eya Shrimski, the couple behind Canvas Bistro as well as Circa 1900, got the place as the new home of the then Ayala Center based restaurant.
The location is, I think one of the best, ground floor, easy access to parking at a restaurant strip that is fast developing into one of Cebu City’s top food destinations just a stone’s throw from an affluent subdivision. But it’s the skillful transformation of the interior that has really caught my eye.
The then Cable Car interior was ill designed. It was dark, cramped and not pleasing to the eyes. The ceiling though was interesting. And Canvas Bistro retained this one. The smaller space (compared to the former) is brighter and exudes a modern industrial (read: Brutalist) feel that is at the same time comfortable. Furniture came from the old Canvas.
Floor to ceiling glass at the front makes for an interesting statement. It invites the diner to come in to a cozy space but at the same time lets in more natural light. The interior has two divisions, first, marked by the industrial, brutalist (bare concrete) surface punctuated with industrial lamps in a minimalist approach.
Then it transitions into a cozy gallery/restaurant setup with beautiful wooden flooring. The wine bar counter is at one side while the semi-open kitchen is at the other. Artworks by the featured local artist are hung at each sides of the wall.
I really love the interior of Canvas Bistro. Not only did it retain some parts of the old restaurant design thus minimizing cost and echoing what the restaurateurs did with Circa 1900, an old house to a new restaurant, it also enhanced the space into a modern yet comfortable interior that is a perfect venue to celebrate life and love over sumptuous food.
Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery
#1 Paseo Saturnino
Banilad, Cebu City
+63 32 416 0895
Hi! I’m Stan Cabigas, a freelance architecture and travel photographer, writer and blogger from the Philippines. TenZeroFour is my primary Architecture Photography blog. Let me photograph your space, let’s collaborate.
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