Bō Cuisine d’Asie, Québec City

Etienne Bernier Architecture, Québec City

Photography by Jessy Bernier

Nestled within Le Diamant Theatre (Project of the Year winner in 2020’s Best of Canada Awards), Bō benefits from being both street-facing and an obvious destination for patrons exiting the theatre. Taking its name from the Mandarin word for “wave,” everything here is designed in a rounded way that embodies not just the curves of the “B” to express the restaurant’s brand, but also physical representations of water, mist and steam escaping from the central kitchen. Seating areas are enveloped in marine blue and black textile materials that generate a mellow atmosphere and contrast sharply with the lightness of the wave-like ceiling feature, the clarity of floating pendant lights that recall rice paper and the custom lighting fixture surrounding the bar.