面佬到位于香港上环的小巷上，一间70平方米的面店，是又又设计周志忆（Caroline Chou）和林振国（Kevin Lim）最新设计的面店。设计结合现代风格和传统，食物以东南亚美食为主。即使这面店落户在小巷尽头，但是由于这小巷是人们经常抄小路的地方。大门可以看到绿色不锈钢窗框和自己设计的餐厅标志。复古的绿色金属和混凝土设计使面店与其周围的社区融为一体。
Hidden in plain sight, Mean Noodles is not hard to find once you enter the alley from New Market Street in Sheung Wan. Run by the OPENUU design duo Caroline Chou and Kevin Lim, Mean Noodles reflects their love of good design and their passion for delicious food. Mean Noodles is envisaged as a casual noodle shop that specializes in traditional Southeast Asian cuisine with contemporary style. The entrance is emphasized with green stainless steel window frames and logo. The vintage metal look and concrete finish allows the noodle shop to blend harmoniously with its surrounding neighborhood.
As a trained architect and professionally certified chef from Le Cordon Bleu (Boston), Lim worked closely with Chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, where he discovered his love of exotic ingredients. Blue Ginger was also one of Chou’s favorite restaurants in Boston, as she attended Wellesley College, a 10-minute walk to the restaurant. Chou and Lim are enthusiastic about the strong and intense flavors found in Southeast Asian cuisine. Lim has spent a great deal of time in Malaysia, and both he and Chou love traveling around southeast Asia in search of local eats, such as hawker stalls or hole in the wall places. One of their favorite dishes is the Thai Yen Ta Fo Heng, a classic Thai noodles dish. After discovering this not so well known Thai pink noodles dish, Chou and Lim began seeking it out whenever they visited Thailand.
▼面馆外观，入口处设有绿色不锈钢窗框和餐厅标志，exterior view, the entrance is emphasized with green stainless steel window frames and logo
▼面馆外观，复古的绿色金属和混凝土设计使面店与其周围的社区融为一体，exterior view, the vintage metal look and concrete finish allow the noodle shop to blend harmoniously with its surrounding neighborhood
The name Mean Noodles is part nod to western slang and part play on the Chinese word for noodles. “Mean” describes something cool, awesome, interesting, nice and with all the goodness — as in having a “mean bowl of noodles.” “Mean” also sounds like “noodles” in Chinese. As both the design team and chef-owner of the restaurant, Chou and Lim faced the challenge of coming up with a consistent concept from logo, branding, noodle recipes, all the way to the interior and facade. Chou and Lim took their cue for the interior of Mean Noodles from Malaysian Batik, a popular textile art in leaves and floral motifs. The colors are light and vibrant, with carefully crafted lines and floral patterns on the fabrics.
▼吧台用餐区，采用绿色色调和芥末色的椅子，interior view of the bar dining space in the green tone with mustard yellow chairs
The open kitchen fosters interactions between the customers and the chef, giving diners an opportunity to watch as their food is prepared. The hanging cabinets above the bar have custom “MEAN” lighting to emphasize the attitude and taste of the noodles. The kitchen subway tiles have been finished with green grout, emphasizing the line motif from the dining room. The standing bar across the seating area allows customers to grab a quick bite or an informal happy hour drink.
▼吧台用餐区局部，设有开放式厨房，partial interior view of the bar dining space with the open kitchen
▼吧台对面的用餐区，墙面采用以植物为主题的瓷砖，the dining space opposite to the bar, the wall is decorated with the tiles with the pattern of leaves and floral motifs
▼吧台用餐区和一般用餐区局部，partial interior view of the bar dining space and the general dining space
The marble tabletops and marble mosaic tiles compliment the mean green tiles, contrasted with the mustard seat fabric. Mean Noodles also takes advantage of the high ceilings to provide a comfortable and airy atmosphere for diners to enjoy. Customer comfort was also a major consideration in the design process; diners can utilize the USB outlets provided to recharge their electronics when dining, while bags and purses can be hung below the marble tabletops to allow customers to sit comfortably.
▼面馆用餐区局部，云石台和云石马赛克配上绿色花纹瓷砖，partial view of the dining space, the marble tabletops and marble mosaic tiles compliment the mean green tiles
▼面馆用餐区局部，芥黄色座椅与绿色的室内色调形成对比，partial view of the dining space, chairs in the mustard yellow tone and the interior space in the green tone contrast with each other
▼云石马赛克墙面细节，details of the wall made of marble mosaic tiles
▼室内细节，酒吧上方的吊柜背上有一个订制的「Mean」墙壁灯饰，interior details, the hanging cabinets above the bar have custom “MEAN” lighting
▼平面布置图，floor layout plan
项目名称: Mean Noodles面佬到
主创设计师: 周志忆（Caroline Chou）、林振国（Kevin Lim）
摄影师: Nirut Benjabanpot
Project name: Mean Noodles
Design Studio: OPENUU
Designer: Caroline Chou, Kevin Lim
Project location: Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Date of completion: 2017
Project area: 70 m2
Photography: Nirut Benjabanpot