Dining at the Mews is like being invited to a very chic friend's home for dinner. This restaurant once was, in fact, a private home. The front room is now an inviting bar, and an interior courtyard is an intimate, open-air dining area. The second floor is a maze of small dining rooms and dining balconies, but you've come for the food, after all.
The international cuisine is presented with contemporary flair. A plump chicken breast, for example, will be stuffed with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and herb pâté and served on a garlic-and-chive sauce. A braised lamb shank is presented on a bed of cabbage with a port-thyme jus and creamed potatoes, and fillet of mahi-mahi is poached in a lemongrass, ginger, and cilantro broth. The warm molten chocolate cake is a must for dessert. Some call the atmosphere avant-garde; others call it quaint. Everyone calls the food delicious. But don’t stop at dinner; by about 10 pm, the bar begins to bustle. On weekends, the fun spills out into the street.