Nothing exemplifies dining in a luxe environ like Red O with its gourmet food and great décor. HOT takes a look…
Mexican cuisine style Restaurant Red O illustrates dining in a luxurious atmosphere like nothing else does! The brainchild of Master Chef Rick Bayless, this 9000sq feet eatery at Newport Beach is talked about as much for décor as for cuisine!
The restaurant got the magical design touch of Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The consummate multi-hyphenate designer and tastemaker, has been widely acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic as he curates sophisticated and inviting interiors for Hollywood A-listers and global glitterati.
Here are some of the key design features that we are impressed with!
Red O – Taste of Mexico
The main entrance..
This is a structure tented and vaulted reaching 14 ft. high with walls of limestone niches reminiscent of a Turkish palace. It is also a tequila temple, housing the rarest and most exotic tequilas in the world!
The main bar…
This is clad in textured leather panels above Mexican tiles. One sees mixed in custom designed lanterns from Morocco and as well as a custom designed vast Chandelier centred above the bar hung with a hundred hand blow glass Hundi lanterns.
The Dining room..
The main dining room design was inspired from San Miguel, an ancient town in Mexico where the aristocrats from Mexico City built their summer villas in the 19th century. The tile work that clads the walls have been custom designed by Bullard with Ann Sacks. He has added distressed mirror panelling to create sparkle and romance at night. The main ceiling was covered in ottoman style lanterns with pierced brass work bases that throw delicate shadows across the room at night. Bullard designed a central banquet to incorporate a vast planter where exotic palms and tropical orchids could be planted to create life and flow into the space, while pierced work Jali type screens punctuate the vast windows and add to the light play during the day.
The terrace has a retractable ceiling and was clad in concrete tiles, custom designed and inspired from patterns in the Alhambra palace. Panels of sheer drapery add romance and create areas of privacy for diners, whilst a vast tile clad fireplace creates a cosy atmosphere in the winter months or chilly evenings.
Chef Bayless takes great pride in the delicate flavours and spices that infuse his cuisine. The design of the place then, is also equally spiced up to match his ethos! The Red O is a restaurant that has many different areas to enjoy, whilst feeling rich, exotic and inviting!