7 Ways to Make Your Small Apartment Kitchen a Little Bit Bigger - A slightly higher table in this kitchen provides a demarcation between the livingroom and kitchen. It also provides a breakfast bar and a spot to put things while cooking.
Narrowboat kitchen pic from NCM carpentery. I haven't seen a lot of boat kitchens that look like house kitchens, but this one does in all the best ways. I'm not sure about the counter drain board though (seems grotty and impractical).