Spiegel treats visitors to a smorgasbord of dishes from distant locales all over the world?including Germany, Israel, North Africa, and Latin America. Guests start the culinary journey with breakfasts of imported coffee, flaky spinach bureka, or fresh croissants, and can choose from an eclectic dinner menu featuring a schnitzel plate, couscous, fish tacos, and hearty burgers on seven-grain buns. As guests sip wine and craft beers, live DJs fill the restaurant with the sounds of catchy music and quizzes on world capitals.
Using traditional Mediterranean and Indian culinary techniques, Cumin Cafe’s chefs infuse dishes with piquant, rich flavors. Bits of beef or lamb shank simmer alongside spices and vegetables in a clay pot in Mediterranean tajine stews; Greek spanakopita layers spinach and feta cheese between a flaky pastry crust. Chefs add a splash of rose water to prawns flavored with ground spices in golden korma curry, and use tandoori-style ovens to cook chili naan, making a perfect scoop for goat biryani rice dishes or a heating pad for diners’ sore shoulders.
Rose petals speckle the candlelit stairway that descends into Shalel Lounge, establishing a romantic vibe that permeates the entire space. As vanilla smoke curls from a smoldering incense stick, guests canoodle in shadowy corners or private cavernous rooms. Here and there, lanterns and sequined throw pillows channel a Moroccan aesthetic that extends to the menu, which includes marinated olives, bruschetta, and lamb cigars. Each small dish occupies a square ceramic, supplying three or four heavily spiced bites. According to Serious Eats, Shalel Lounge is best suited for "a sexytime date."