Natural, timeless, honed materials form an aesthetic that is expressive of Yan's Chinese-American heritage. Matte-white tile was chosen for the facade in order to establish a strong presence against the marble backdrop of the dome, and forms a visual tie with the expansive exhibition kitchen inside.
As a nod to Yan's legendary skill with a cleaver, dining surfaces are American black walnut edge grain butcher block wood tops, while meticulously stacked serveware in full height cabinetry lends visual texture to the dining room.
Conceived as contrasting environments, the Bell Bar and Temple Room anchor each end of the restaurant. The Bell Bar is an extroverted expression of communal gathering, centered around an 1,800 lb salvaged monastery bell that hovers dramatically above the sweeping bottle display behind the bar. The atmospheric Temple Room shimmers with backlit patterned steel panels beneath incense-like ceiling fixtures. A lacquered black box at the end of the room contains a treasured collection of revered Buddhist icons - 18 gold cloisonne monks.