Inspired by the mountains of Syria and the sea of Lebanon, Hayat restaurant was born from the crossroads of ancient traditions providing diners an inviting atmosphere where they can savour the tastes of the Levant with a modern-day flair.
Situated at the port of Old Montreal on De La Commune Street, the Middle Eastern restaurant is set over 1,500 square feet and has been designed by local creative firm IVY Studio, who looked to the earthy tones of the Syrian deserts and their surrounding greenery for inspiration. The sinuous ceiling lines mimic the smooth landscapes of the area, and the walls were painted a cream colour that contrasts with the structure and window frames, which were coated with a deep charcoal hue.
The open dining area features wooden flooring and a selection of seating including interspersed tables, a long banquette, and two private booths for larger groups. Each seat is upholstered with forest green leather with their back rests a silky pink velvet. Above the tables diners will notice a series of curved fabric bannisters that come together to make a central light piece.
The bar area offers a more familiar setting with just a smattering of bar stools and a chef’s table. A snug space, it’s enhanced with dimmed, individual bespoke light fixtures and a striking teal, cream and pistachio marble that covers the bar structure. This colour palette is intended to bring together the worlds of Middle Eastern nature and Old Montreal construction.
With a dedicated team of chefs who take pride in creating culinary masterpieces that seamlessly blend the classical cooking methods of the past with the intoxicating flavours of today, not only does Hayat takes diners on a culinary journey, but it immerses them in an ambiance that is a harmonious fusion of lands and aesthetics, all making for a memorable dining experience unlike any other.