It's by reservation only. But the the servers are friendly and intuitive, the menus are written out on little baguette bags, the lightning is soft and pleasing, there's lots of open space and brick and wine racks and hanging lamps everywhere. If Artemisia were a speakeasy, their contraband would be healthy, wholesome and delicious plates of food prepared with subtlety, intelligence and love.
Último Beso is a theme café and restaurant, meaning everything is based around a central idea. When you open the menu, for example, you discover that every tea is based on a different old or classic movie. My tea was called Casablanca. It was a Moroccan Mint and Green Tea infusion that was soft, light and sweet. Erika ordered the Cinema Paradiso, a complex green tea that was sweeter and slightly spicy. To be honest, it was fantastic. We also shared a blah croissant and an absolutely delicious slice of lemon tart pie that made my teeth sing every time I swallowed a spoonful.
Erika and I also found a new café thanks to our tanguera friend Tina. Tina is a little knowledge nymph and suggested we try El Último Beso since Erika and I are such tea aficionados. But when we got there, it far exceeded our coffee-house expectations, maybe because we don't have any in the Land of Fair Winds.
Yet Another Room. What You Can't See From Here is Even More Deceptive: There was a Table Loaded with Each and Every Dessert on the Menu. The Pies Were Practically Chanting: Come To Me. I Love You. I Am Sugar.
So, Of Course, I Turned Away From The Sweets Room Before I Got Sucked into that Vortex and Lost All of My Worldly Possessions