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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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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £158  35% off
Stratton Street, W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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25 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London W1B | 4 minutes from Isis
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37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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29 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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15 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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27 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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153 Regent Street, Mayfair, London W1B | 6 minutes from Isis
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1 Sherwood Street, Soho, London W1F | 7 minutes from Isis
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1 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
Concerts | Until 17th July 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Isis

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Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Isis

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Concerts | Until 13th July 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Isis

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Balthazar 2 minutes walk from Isis

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The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Isis

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Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Isis

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Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Isis

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Theatre | Until 10th September 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Isis

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Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Isis

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The Lion King
Theatre | Until 4th June 2017 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Isis

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