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Osaka

The Japanese influence is subtly echoed in the restaurant's interior, where attention to detail is reflected in bespoke designed furniture and fittings.

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The Japanese inspired restaurant Osaka has replaced Café Rouge brasserie which occupied a double fronted space at Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading.

Japanese bar design with indirect lighting in Osaka Restaurant Reading

Blenheim Design began by completely stripping back the restaurant and bar space, only maintaining its core structure and two glazed facades which face the shopping mall on one side and River Kennet on Canalside.

The Japanese inspired restaurant Osaka in Reading with large dating table and modern geisha illustration

The restaurant is divided into several zones, including the main dining area featuring unique 6m dating table, private dining space, and bar situated on the raised level.  

The Japanese influence is subtly echoed in the restaurant's interior, where attention to detail is reflected in bespoke designed furniture and fittings.

The Japanese influence is subtly echoed in the restaurant's interior, where attention to detail is reflected in bespoke designed furniture and fittings.

Delicate wavy rope screen helps delineate the seating between two areas whilst providing illumination at the same time.

Delicate wavy rope screen helps delineate the seating between two areas whilst providing illumination at the same time.

Japanese banquette seating with large paper lanterns above. Delicate wavy rope screen helps delineate the seating between two areas whilst providing light at the same time.

Inspiration for the screen came from the sinuous riverbed of Osaka’s Yodo River.

Decorative seat trimmed with a single red stripe, alluding to the Japanese practice of gift wrapping  with red rope -  MIzuhi

Decorative metaphors are evident in plain seats trimmed with a single red stripe, alluding to the Japanese practice of gift wrapping with red rope – Mizuhi.

Several of the fixtures and furnishings have been crafted by our designers specifically for the restaurant, including wooden seating pods, bespoke concrete light running down the centre of the dating  table.

Several of the fixtures and furnishings have been crafted by our designers specifically for the restaurant, including wooden seating pods, bespoke concrete light running down the centre of the dating  table.

Dating table with concrete and brass light

private dining room in Japanese restaurant featuring wall panels by Arte, paper lanterns and oak screen. tables and chairs were specially chosen by our restaurant designers.

Bench seating for couples were designed by the team and made in collaboration with Protocol furniture.

JApanese restaurant Osaka with bespoke fixed seating featuring screen and Ginger pendants

The restaurant is carefully lit using an eclectic mix of oversized paper lanterns by Scandinavian brand &Tradition, Ginger lights by Joan Gaspar as well as task lighting by Delta Light and few elements from Linea Light.

Osaka restaurant lighting features eclectic mix of oversize paper lanterns by Scandinavian brand & Tradition, Ginger  pendants by Joan Gaspar as well as task lighting by Delta Lights and some items from Linea Lights. Interior designed by Blenheim Design from Brighton.

A modern Geisha illustration epitomising a fusion of contemporary and traditional Japan, can be seen from every corner of the restaurant and bar.

bar seating in Osaka Japanese eatery in Reading

sake bar front featuring Carrara marble contrasted with medium oak panels indirectly lit. Japanese Restaurant  Osaka in Reading created by Blenheim Design - interior designers specialising in Japanese interiors.

Blenheim Design goal was to create an environment than aligns with Osaka’s food offer, which is a mix of Japanese dishes infused with other culinary cultures.

Photography by Richard Gooding Photography

Osaka Restaurant

Riverside Level, The Oracle, Reading RG1 2AG