Cantinery . Istanbul, Turkey

Roman and Williams’ first international restaurant, Cantinery was created alongside Cem Mirap, the force behind the celebrated restaurant Lucca in Istanbul, Turkey. Finding a home at the Zorlu Center in the heart of Istanbul, Cantinery’s neighbors include global retail and hotel brands, as well as residences.

The initial vision in creating this project was to create a cozy, familiar, French bistro meets cantina atmosphere, in collaboration with the local talent. The result is a welcoming and classic international spirit paired with a distinctly New York City vibe.

The façade is done in a warm buttercream palette, and a steel window system, lending passerbys the feeling they are looking through a vitrine. Inside, the end grain vaulted ceiling pays homage to Turkish architecture, while the white tile floors harmonize with the neutral and airy environment. A modernized farm to table restaurant, the space boasts a view of the chef’s table and the kitchen wrapped in a deep blue Turkish tile invites guests to linger and indulge, as they witness the theatrical process of a chef’s creation come to life.