Dining at the Mews is like being invited to a friend's very chic home for dinner. Once 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 balconies, but it's the food—classic, bistro, or tapas—that draws the visitors. A plump chicken breast, for example, may be stuffed with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and herb pâté and served on a garlic-and-chive sauce, while a braised lamb shank is presented on a bed of cabbage with a port-thyme jus and creamed potatoes. Some call the atmosphere avant-garde; others call it quaint. Everyone calls the food delicious.