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IsisYou can’t help but be impressed as you descend the stairs of this basement bar/restaurant - solid stone steps lined with ostentatious polished brass candlesticks lead you between intricately carved wooden screens; giant clay urns cast atmospheric shadows, and coloured-glass lampshades emanate a hushed kaleidoscopic glow. We sunk comfortably into our booth, strewn with plump patterned cushions. Had we inadvertently stumbled into a sultan’s palace?

The scene having been set so spectacularly, we were naturally expectant. We opted to for a selection of mezze to start. The falafels coated in sesame seeds were tasty, and the hummus had just the right consistency and flavour, but nothing really jumped off the table. After a pleasant pause our mains arrived - my companion’s grilled sea-bass was very fresh but showed little sign of the herbs and garlic promised on the menu. I plumped for the mixed grill which fittingly, if rather disappointingly, lived up to its title; lacklustre lamb seemed incongruous on the same plate as such exceptional chicken. The spicy Arabic salad offered a clever counterpoint to our mains, but the mixed vegetables were disappointing in the extreme. - a dish of peas and carrots, quite clearly cooked from frozen. No thank you. A platter of fresh fruit and a selection of nutty miniature pastries was a pleasing, refreshing way to finish the meal.

From a broad wine list we ended up drinking a delectable Rioja. Their cocktails deserve a recommendation too – my mango, vanilla and rum combo was a spectacular explosion of flavour which had you hanging around for the gratifying aftertaste.

You can tell that this former club hasn’t broken from its past completely; the relaxed music gets livelier as the evening progresses (the belly dancing show was an entertaining distraction), but this is where the problem lies. We loved the atmosphere, but this is a classic tale of style over substance. When visiting a restaurant you expect to be struck by the quality of the food, to say to your companion ‘you’ve got to try this’. With more attention in the kitchen, they could be on to something.


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Washington Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Curzon Street, W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
Dating back to 1913, The Washington Mayfair Hotel successfully blends historic art deco with modern design. Located in the premier commercial and cultural centre of London, ... More
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
35 Charles Street, W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
Typically for this aristocratic part of town, a discreet entrance leads to a thoroughly luxurious interior. Muted colours and marble floors give the sense of an ... More
Athenaeum Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
116 Piccadilly, W1J | 6 minutes from Isis
Situated opposite Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, and just down the road from national museums and galleries, The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is an independent, award-winning ... More
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Al Hamra
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
31 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
This long-standing favourite in a prime position on the charming Mayfair enclave that is Shepherd’s Market, is a first class place that offers a truly memorable ... More
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Al Sultan
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
51 - 52 Hertford Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
Another excellent restaurant in the Shepherd’s Market area, Al Sultan is nearly as good as local rival Al Hamra, but not quite. The menu is extensive ... More
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Noura Mayfair
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16 Curzon Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | 6 minutes from Isis
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Caffe Nero
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70 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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The Ritz Afternoon Tea
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150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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The Ritz Restaurant
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150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, , St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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Criterion Theatre
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218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 7 minutes from Isis
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Empire Cinema Haymarket
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63-65 Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y | 8 minutes from Isis
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
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22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 8 minutes from Isis
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Mallett Ely House
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37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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Halcyon Gallery
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29 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Colnaghi Gallery
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15 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Wright and Teague
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27 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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35 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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10 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Cookery School
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15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 12 minutes from Isis
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 13 minutes from Isis
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 16 minutes from Isis
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May Fair Spa
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May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
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30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Isis
Catalyst personal trainers are among the best in London. Get fit without doing yourself an injury, lose weight with a specially devised programme or build your ... More
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Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
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The Only Running Footman
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
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Ye Grapes
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16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
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Punch Bowl
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41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 7 minutes from Isis
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The Rivoli Bar
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The Ritz Hotel, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
The Rivoli Bar, an intimate cocktail lounge within the famous Ritz Hotel, re-opened in 2001 after a closure of some twenty years with interiors stylishly updated ... More
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Mahiki
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1 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
A favourite with young royals - Princes Harry and William, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been spotted here... all at the same time. And ... More
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Funky Buddha
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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The Ritz Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
World famous luxury hotel, right on Piccadilly, with a roof terrace looking across Green Park. The fine food (particularly the Afternoon Tea) at the Ritz attract ... More
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Dover Street Restaurant and Bar
London > Business > Venue Hire
8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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