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, mostly international cuisine with a contemporary flair, that draws the visitors. 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 and 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. But don't stop at dinner; by about 10 pm, the bar begins to bustle.