Part the Red Sea While You Dine Before Wine Time
Start your night with a luxe Mediterranean feast at Cleo, a restaurant inside the Mondrian Hotel. The vibe here is artsy and chic, with sleek tables arranged under plenty of light thanks to the high ceilings, which also have the advantage of showing off unique painted tiles by artist Sergio Mora. Drag your eyes down from the art to the menu though, because they blend European, Middle Eastern, and North African cuisine to bring you small plates worthy of a passport. Snack on spicy cigars (pastry and spiced beef), saffron ravioli, and tandoori kebabs while parting the Red Sea—aka drinking their Red Sea cocktail with tequila, prickly pear, paprika, and sherry.
After dinner, tuck into the cozy Wine:30 for exactly what you’d expect: precious, precious wine. This spot feels like an intimate wine cellar at a vineyard with bricked walls lined with bottles, tapestries, and dim lighting. If the weather’s nice—or your partner is having flashbacks to reading The Cask of Amontillado in school—hit their patio to drink al fresco. Their name buries the lead in that they actually have over 300 bottles of wine on location, so you can start with a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc if you want to flirt with different tastes or go with an investment in a bottle of Black Label Brut Champagne. Either way, it is sure to leave you and your significant other feeling luxe and bubbly.
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