In the fall of 2019, W Hotels opened a restaurant in Montreal’s Old Port, the latest in a series of playful eateries around the world. Sid Lee christened it Tbsp. in honour of the tablespoon, a universal symbol of culinary precision and mastery, generosity, and gourmandise. The name, short and memorable, lends flexibility to the restaurant’s locally sourced and seasonal menu, while the reflectivity of a tablespoon is represented in the interior design and visual identity.
Influenced by the city’s St-Laurence River and its proximity to the restaurant, Sid Lee Architecture transformed the space into an urban oasis. The agency’s branding team took cues from their use of bold, rounded shapes and architectural water representations to create a distinct visual concept behind Tbsp., observing that in the same way water creates mesmerizing patterns as it ripples, the cove of a metallic spoon reflects beautiful distortions.
Capable of transforming a person’s dining experience and day, Tbsp. invites guests into the warmth of fully appreciating a meal, one tablespoon at a time.