When Louis Vuitton decides to open its first cafe and restaurant, you can bet it’s going to pull out all the stops. The brand has partnered with top Japanese chef and Joel Robuchon alum Yosuke Suga for its first F&B foray, which comprises a cafe (Le Cafe V) and restaurant (Sugalabo V). Both are located at the top of Louis Vuitton’s new, maritime-themed flagship boutique in Osaka.
Filled with natural light, Le Cafe V’s interior features right-now, cheerful touches such as terrazzo flooring, minimalist light wood furniture as well as hanging egg chairs, and colourful roof decorations that reflect and refract light.
It’s the perfect posh-hipster setting for a satisfying brunch or tea: The menu has plenty of tea (the beverage, not the meal), as well as the usual coffees, mock/cocktails and the not-so-usual variety of water brands, all the better with which to wash down offerings such as a croque monsieur or a wagyu beef hamburger steak.
Hidden behind a speakeasy-style door within Cafe Le V is the restaurant Sugalabo V. Here, the open kitchen and other interior touches are reminiscent of Chef Yosuke’s Sugalabo restaurant in Tokyo. It resembles the modern French eatery in other ways too: The Tokyo Sugalabo is by-invitation-only – and by the looks of Sugalabo V’s 24-person capacity, access is going to be no less limited.