SaQuaNa is a local restaurant in Honfleur where Delphine and I wanted to bring together all that we liked and learnt from people that we met on our trips. This place stands for what we are. We just want a human dimension to our restaurant and the joy of sharing a good meal with strangers or friends.
After long months of renovations, the restaurant reopens its doors in this small building in the heart of Honfleur which has been completely rebuilt by the architect Thierry Chalaux. Now the restaurant spreads out to the street through a bay window which reminds you of previous workshops, it plays with vertical lines that resonate in the ceiling lighting. The brick and stone walls assert the desire of a rustic style made from raw elements in the service of a very refined cuisine. In the back, the kitchen opens out to the restaurant so that the guests can see what is being made.
The wooden furniture is a result of a collaboration with our friend Jean-Marie Lacombe who came up with the idea of tablecloths made up of polished ebony with a velvety touch and a deep matte black finish. Each table has a hidden drawer which contains cutlery and other necessary accessories.
A spiral staircase creates a metallic curve which broadens the prospects and provides access to the office floors while another staircase goes down to the changing rooms, cellar and toilet, with an iron railing around the basement which guides your steps.