Combining Cultures: Huevos Gourmet

This cozy restaurant combines the elements of a traditional French bistro with vibrant colours that reflect the culture and cuisine of Mexico.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

For this Toronto restaurant, the client wanted to combine the elegance of a French bistro with Mexican hospitality in hopes of creating a cozy gathering spot for breakfast and brunch.

Designed by Rosa Constanzo Design, the strategy for Huevos Gourmet, located at 160 Marine Parade Dr. Unit 9, was to combine a visual story inspired by elements found in a traditional family-run French café with Mexican textures and vibrant colours.

Since fusing together diverse cultural lexicons into one design required a thoughtful and balanced interpretation, Rosa Constanzo Design avoided direct references to each culture, and instead, focused on creating an intentional design with a subtle French aesthetic that featured authentic textures that reflected both the culture and cuisine of the client’s birthplace, Mexico.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

For the design anchor, black and gold hues were chosen to represent elegance and are also a nod to a French bistro.  This colour combination is integreated within the chairs, dining tables, host stand, banquette seating and millwork.

Mexican architecture influences the feature wall which is a colourful mural painted with pink, gold, blue and burnt-orange. Since vibrant colours are a strong influence in Mexican culture, incorporating a colourful mural was an important part of the visual experience.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

The bar features black and white encaustic tile, which aims to be characteristic of time-honoured artisanal handcrafted clay tiles which pulls from a French bistro. A 19th century French gilt bronze and crystal chandelier is suspended above the bar, which aims to mix the two cultures in a playful way.

Custom channeled banquette seating has been integrated in front of the restaurant’s windows, while planter boxes were  built within the banquette millwork, and fitted with a palette of vegetal hues.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

Planters, plants and hanging plants are located throughout the restaurant and all aim to create the sensation of dining in a typical Mexican courtyard or terrace.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

The bar area and the mural both aim to establish two focal points within the small footprint of the restaurant. The bar height counter acts as a cozy nook for guests to sit and is tucked away from the dining room. The mural, painted by a local Toronto artist, is located in the heart of the dining area and a tubular gold host stand greets breakfast diners as they enter the restaurant.

Huevos Gourmet (Photo credit: Rosa Constanzo Design)

The restaurant, which blends two cultures together, has created a unique dining experience that translates a well-balanced design concept within a cold, modern industrial space.