The newest branch of “El Auténtico Pato Manila” is housed in the basement of Casa Basalta, an early twentieth century manor. Within its walls there is an effort to fuse the spatial essence of two rich gastronomical cultures that mix together in the kitchen: a traditional Tacos Restaurant coming together with Asian Street Food, all within an intimate and ordered atmosphere.
The distribution of the space is divided in two main areas: service and patrons. These spaces are separated by the thick structural walls of the manor and connected by a center hallway, forming an H-shaped floorplan.
The open kitchen serves as the centerpiece of the main axes, defining the functionality and flow. The kitchen is flanked by bars that serve as starring features. The configuration of the floorplan, use of ceramics on the walls and the placement of the mirrors also follow the main axes.
The use of mirrors on the walls helps to give a sense of spaciousness and exalts the stainless-steel and brass elements. Hand-made terrazzo floors allude to the aesthetics of traditional Mexico City taquerias and contrast with the white ceramics. Irregularly, almost random, placed lighting fixtures break the symmetry and order of the space, each hanging from the ceiling at a different heights.