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Makoto is back at Bal Harbour

Makoto’s updated aesthetic was developed by the Paris based architect and designer India Mahdavi. For her, Makoto is cross-cultural - it convenes the French brasserie, the Japanese restaurant and the American diner under one roof, giving birth to a feminine idea of a Japanese restaurant, something that doesn’t exist. A soft and welcoming color scheme of coral pink, saffron and sandalwood along with supersize flora motifs fill the room and make you feel as if you’re entering a landscape at sunset. Outside, nostalgic 1930’s-era chairs and palm trees populate the terrace.

“I wanted to redefine the Japanese restaurant typology at the crossroads of cultures that were relevant to this location.” says India Mahdavi. “This is a more feminine experience of Japanese dining, one where the ephemeral memory of the atmosphere is as delicate the experience of taste.”

© Jason Varney