Prime Seafood Palace (PSP)位于西皇后区的中心,是加拿大人口最多的城市多伦多繁华街道上的一个美食避风港。

Located in the heart of West Queen West, Prime Seafood Palace (PSP) is a culinary escape from the bustling streets of Canada’s most populated city, Toronto.

PSP被想象成一个充满光亮的木制大教堂,衬托着一个原本不显眼的现有砖砌建筑,融入城市的结构。这是一个将Omar Gandhi建筑师(OGA)的住宅作品的精炼和严谨带到这个商业项目中的练习。

PSP was imagined as a light-filled wood cathedral, lining an otherwise inconspicuous existing brick-clad building that blends into the city’s urban fabric. This was an exercise in taking the refinement of Omar Gandhi Architect’s (OGA) residential work and carrying that rigor through to this commercial project.

主要目标是创造一个永恒的空间,不受潮流的影响,使用当地的天然材料,使其形成一种光泽,并继续丰富餐厅的内容。用木材和光线来设计是设计的出发点。主要由白枫树和黄铜组成的中性材料调色板,为主要的表演创造了背景–由珍贵的加拿大厨师May Matheson制作的朴实无华而又卓越的食物。PSP的设计灵感也来自于May的东海岸之根以及对日本和斯堪的纳维亚建筑的钦佩。梅的职业生涯开始于多伦多著名的法国小酒馆Le Select,这帮助他了解了食物的世界。

The principal goal was to create a timeless space, free of trends, with local, natural materials that develop a patina and continue to enrich the restaurant over me. Designing with wood and light was the starting point for the design. The neutral material palette, comprised primarily of white maple and brass, creates a backdrop for the main act – the unpretentious but exceptional food of cherished Canadian chef May Matheson. PSP’s design was also inspired by May’s East Coast roots and admiration for both Japanese and Scandinavian architecture. May’s career began at Le Select, a celebrated French Bistro in Toronto, which helped inform his appreciation for the world of food.

PSP发现梅回到了他最初在Le Select餐厅磨练的厨房基本功–餐厅的菜单反映了对经典牛排馆原则的崇敬,并以非凡的克制来呈现。餐厅的采购、技术和菜单显示出他们有意提升经典牛排馆的概念,即产品与肉类和海鲜受到同样的尊重。这是通过使用当地农场的樱桃木炭进行烹饪,从梅的蓝鹅农场采购产品,从安大略省采购牛肉,从大西洋采购海鲜。简而言之,食物的新鲜度和质量是节目的主角–以一种直接的方式呈现。

PSP finds May returning to the kitchen fundamentals that he first honed at Le Select – the restaurant’s menu reflects a reverence for classic steakhouse principles presented with extraordinary restraint. The restaurant’s sourcing, techniques, and menu demonstrate the intentional manner in which they look to elevate the classic steakhouse concept in which the product is treated with the same esteem as the meat and seafood. This is executed through cooking with cherry wood coals from local farms, sourcing produces from May’s own Blue Goose Farm, beef from Ontario, and seafood from the Atlantic. In short, the freshness and quality of the food are the star of the show – presented in a straightforward manner.


PSP is unexpected – a space to truly experience in person. The main entry is located in a quiet courtyard, drawing patrons away from the humming urban activity of Queen Street West. Upon entry into the main dining space, patrons are presented with a two-story wood slat vault suspended from the roof above. A wood-clad cloud runs the length of the restaurant and filters indirect natural light, creating a so glow in the interior. Vertical brass screens filter activity from the street to provide privacy and intimacy while maintaining a subdued connection to the streetscape beyond.


PSP is elegant, yet warm and welcoming. Natural leather upholstered booths wrap two walls of the main dining space, drawing cues from traditional diners, including May’s grandfather’s Blue Goose Restaurant on Prince Edward Island. A cantilevered canopy hovers over the bar and semi-private dining area. Carefully curated music adds to the full sensory experience. A state-of-the-art lighting control system incorporates astronomical ming that responds to exterior light levels and automatically adjusts interior light levels. These considerations underscore the restaurant’s attention to detail in the customer experience – taking care of the customer from ambiance to intuitive service and stimulating food and drink.

OGA与Coolican & Company在定制家具方面进行了合作,包括带有隐蔽抽屉的大型卡座桌,用于放置餐厅来自法国蒂埃斯的Perceval牛排刀。Coolican的特别版枫木 “埃德温椅 “采用了黄铜轴,以参考整个主餐饮空间的黄铜屏幕。

OGA collaborated with Coolican & Company on custom furniture, including the large booth tables with a concealed drawer for the restaurant’s Perceval steak knives from Thiers, France. Coolican’s special edition maple “Edwin Chair” incorporated brass spindles to reference the brass screens throughout the main dining space.


May and his team worked closely with OGA on the design of the space, development of details, and selection of products and finishes. This collaborative process included visits to the millworker’s shop to review full-scale mock-ups of the vault and booths and to Coolican’s studio to test custom-made furniture.


The oak flooring in the main dining space extends up the gentle ramp towards the open concept kitchen, providing a glimpse into the inner workings of the talented culinary team cooking over the open wood-burning hearth.


The open concept kitchen showcases thoughtful food that reflects the abundance of locally and globally ingredients. The menu rotates with the seasons and ingredients available at that me, utilizing each ingredient to its fullest potential. The transparency of the menu and the source of its ingredients are reflected in this kitchen space that is visible to customers.


The double-height accessible restroom lined with textured Bianco Carrara bamboo le is washed in natural light from the skylight above. The design of Brandon Gore’s custom concrete sink is inspired by a hydrological map of Lake Erie and incorporates a recessed brass marker indicating May’s farm in Fort Erie.


In contrast to the main dining space, the white-washed pine interior and wood-burning stove of the rear addition are reminiscent of Ontario’s cottage country. Three pairs of steel and glass doors open the space to the exterior courtyard that fills with warm evening light in the summer months.

Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Year : 2022
Photographs :Adrian Ozimek Final, doublespace photography
Manufacturers : Stone Tile, Baro Klaus, KOL, MBH, Moncer, Nella, Stovemaster, Sørensen Leather, Vaughan Electrical Supply
Structural Engineering : Diomis Engineering
Electrical Engineering : Spline Group
Mechanical Engineering : Spline Group
Lighting Consultants : OneLX
Main Contractor : Mazenga Building Group
Design Team : Omar Gandhi, Stephanie Hosein, Jeff Walker, John Gray Thomson, Chad Jamieson, Lauren McCrimmon, Kristi MacDonald, Liam Thornewell
Restaurant Team : Matty Matheson, Gary Quinto, Coulson Armstrong, and Our House Hospitality Company
Physical Model : Mary Ma
Custom Furniture : Coolican & Company
Millworker : Canara Woodworking Inc., CNC Cung Inc.
Custom Concrete Sinks : Brandon Gore (Hard Goods)
Custom Booth Pendants : Concord Custom Lighting
Custom Signage : Filo Timo
Art : Darby Milbraith
Specialty Paint Finish : Handsome Painters
Uniforms : Rosa Rugosa
Contractors : Bootstrap Design/Build
Code Consultants : LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.
City : Toronto
Country : Canada