Intersect by Lexus : Lead by design
The ‘Lexus’ name might not conjure up images of fine food and creative drinks, yet. But all that is about to change with the opening of the Intersect by Lexus concept space in Dubai.
Based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the marque motoring brand has taken a characteristic leap out of its comfort zone by opening a design-focused social space, which aims to enable visitors to experience the brand’s distinctive characteristics without driving one of its cars.
As the second Intersect to open globally (after Tokyo), the Dubai branch not only offers DIFC a trendy, new hangout, but also something different to the whole city’s social scene.
Part-library (featuring English, Arabic and Japanese design, art, architecture and lifestyle literature), part-restaurant, the interior of Intersect by Lexus is the brainchild of world-renowned interior designer Masamichi Katayama, founder of the famed Wonderwall interior design firm.
The aim of Katayama’s design is to create a third-space, that bridges work and home life. Therefore, the meticulously designed two-storey space not only offers a new place for city’s style-savvy crowd to unwind post-work, but a comfortable atmosphere for them to hold meetings and work-based events.
For design fans, Intersect by Lexus is somewhat of a museum with more quirks and design elements the closer you look. From the wall’s bamboo lattice that mirrors the trademarked spindle grille on the front of Lexus cars, to the wall made up of match-box cars, and banquette seating made from the same leather used in the Lexus LFA supercar.
Thanks to the creativity of the accomplished culinary director Chef Tomas Reger - the brains behind some of the Dubai’s most successful gastronomic concepts including ‘Dubai’s Secret Supper Club’ and ‘From One Chef To Another’ – the kitchen at Intersect by Lexus is perhaps its biggest surprise. The recently launched ‘Feel Good Food’ concept focuses on the quality of ingredients that are both healthy and delicious, if not a little unconventional! These include Beet and Barley risotto, Chilean seabass with yuzu glazed turnips, and Slow cooked beef short ribs with celeriac puree.
Offering both a Business Lunch and Friday Brunch, most ingredients are sourced from organic and sustainable companies that value fair-trade, and quality overall when possible. This creates a significant relationship between the chef, the source, the ingredients, and the final dish. In line with Lexus’ philosophy surrounding immaculate craftsmanship, every ingredient featured in the menu is carefully handpicked, including the organic coffee and wine selection. ”By making ethical choices when selecting our ingredients, the result is not only the freshest and best flavours, but also why the cuisine is good for the body and soul,” says Chef Reger.
As well as housing a fully-licensed restaurant, there is also an in-store boutique selling items from the Crafted For Lexus range of products. This range, again, showcases Lexus’ willingness to think outside the box with a range of quirky products that have been specifically created by Japanese artisans. While the lower-floor, the ‘garage’ area was built to house concept vehicles and art installations.
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Sunday to Friday, 8am to 12am, Gate 7, DIFC, Dubai. For enquiries and/or table reservations call +971 (0) 4 355 9524. For more visit Intersect