The stylish PASTEL brasserie, located in the Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, is the world’s most beautiful restaurant, according to the International Space Design Award – Idea Tops. The annual award ceremonies, held in China this year, gave PASTEL the golden nod in the Best Design of Dining Space category.
Israeli architects Alon Baranowitz and Irene Kronenberg triumphed over 4,000 architects from 35 countries in the contest.
“The restaurant was intended to form an integral part of the museum’s new wing, which features a design by Preston Scott Cohen. The building envelope is drawn into the interior, sculpting the seating area and bar, so that it seems as though PASTEL has traveled through a time tunnel and landed in the center of this space, which is richly outfitted with all the finery of a classic brasserie – upholstered booths, antique wooden flooring, a deep burgundy-colored bar, multihued marble surfaces, and Art Nouveau lighting featuring crystal and gilded metal,” reads the description of the brasserie on its homepage.
PASTEL has three areas — a central space, a terrace overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden, and a bar.
Prior to this award, Baranowitz and Kronenberg won a Restaurant & Bar Design Awards honor for the best-designed restaurant in the Middle East and Africa for their work on the Topolopompo restaurant in Tel Aviv.