Filistix continues their evolution of different ways of bringing Filipino and other Southeast-Asian flavours to Edmonton. Starting as a portable trailer, and then moving into multiple fast-casual outlets, this downtown location is Filistix’ first foray into a complete dining experience.
The space needed to be adaptable for two styles of service- the busy government district lunch rush, as well as a top downtown dinner service. For this reason the lunch time ordering and pick-up counters serve as the bar and food pick-up locations for servers during dinner service.
Taking inspiration from Filipino modernist Leandro Locsin, we combined concrete and wood with contemporary palettes and materials to create a indoor/outdoor feeling in a style ‘tropical brutalism’. We chose outdoor seating for both its look and durability, and a subtle terrazzo patterned countertop- another material seen often in outdoor spaces. Filling out the space with tropical plants, a custom lattice-like ceiling pattern, and textured wall surfacing similar to stucco, while maximizing the front window openings, the space really feels as much a patio as a dining room.