Discover Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Exotic RED O Restaurant in Newport Beach
Newport Beach is one of the largest upmarket shopping destinations in the United States, and is known for the sumptuous lifetsyle of its inhabitants. With such context, it was the perfect location for Master Chef Rick Bayless to open a flag ship for his modern Mexican cuisine style Restaurant, Red O.
The entry has been designed to include a tequila temple: a structure tented and vaulted reaching 14 ft. high with walls of limestone niches reminiscent of a Turkish palace, houses the rarest and most exotic tequilas in the world. This space opens up to the main bar, which is clad in textured leather panels above Mexican tiles. In terms of lighting, it consists of a mix of custom designed lanterns from Morocco and a personally designed Chandelier centered above the bar, hung with a hundred hand blowed glass Hundi lanterns.
The main dining room design has been inspired by San Miguel, an ancient town in Mexico where the aristocrats from Mexico City built their summer villas in the 19th century. The custom tile work that covers the walls is the result of a collaboration with Ann Sacks. In this wall they have added distressed mirror paneling to create a sparkle effect and a romantic atmosphere for the evenings. Meanwhile, the main ceiling has been covered with ottoman style lanterns which are made with pierced brass work bases that throw delicate shadows across the room at night. The central banquet, has been created with an aim to include a vast planter where exotic palms and tropical orchids coexist to create life and flow into the space, while pierced work Jali type screens crown the vast windows creating a play of lights during the day.
The terrace has a retractable ceiling and has been coated in custom designed concrete tiles -inspired by patterns of the Alhambra palace in Granada. Panels of sheer drapery add romance and create areas of privacy for diners, whilst a vast tile clad fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere in the winter months and chilly evenings.
Chef Bayless prides himself on his delicate flavors and spices that infuse his cuisine like no other in this field. In parallel, the design is also spiced up to match Chef Bayless’s ethos, creating a Restaurant that has many different areas to enjoy, whilst feeling rich, exotic and inviting.