Isis

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50 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4NY†
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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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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Green Park Tube Station
1 minutes walk
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
7 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Charing Cross Railway Station
15 minutes walk
Victoria Railway Station
17 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Arlington House Pure Parking
2 minutes walk
Burlington Car Park
5 minutes walk

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The Ritz London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £121† 33% off
150 Piccadilly, 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
The MayFair Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £146† 38% off
Stratton Street, W1J | 1 minute from Isis
The luxurious May Fair Hotel is located in sophisticated Mayfair, resurgent again as London's true luxury quarter. The May Fair puts you in a peaceful spot ... More
St. James's Hotel & Club London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £208† 38% off
7-8 Park Place, SW1A | 2 minutes from Isis
Naming the St James's Hotel 'and Club' is a clever way of letting you know exactly what to expect from this establishment. Tucked away down a ... 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
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
16 Curzon Street, Mayfair, W1J | 6 minutes from Isis
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
70 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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The Ritz Afternoon Tea
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
150 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
Tea at The Ritz has to be the London equivalent of Breakfast at Tiffany's - a world-famous brand that captures the essence of each city's ... More
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The Ritz Restaurant
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, , St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
It would be bordering on foolish to leave out the opulent terrace when writing an article about summer dining. A meal at the grand Ritz Hotel, ... More
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 24th June to 25th October 2014
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 9 minutes from Isis
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Uncle Vanya
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 23rd April to 3rd May 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 12 minutes from Isis
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Skylight
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 6th June to 23rd August 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 12 minutes from Isis
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Pigalle
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
215-217 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 6 minutes from Isis
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 7 minutes from Isis
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Comedy Store
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1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 9 minutes from Isis
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Mallett Ely House
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
37 Dover Street, W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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Colnaghi Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
15 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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Chris Beetles
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
8-10 Ryder Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Isis
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Dover Street Market
London > Shopping > Department Stores
17-18 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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Wright and Teague
London > Shopping > Jewellery
27 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
Established design duo showing their wares in a smart gallery space. Their offer is stylish, contemporary and very wearable, and comes in silver, platinum and gold. ... More
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Christian Louboutin Dover Street
London > Shopping > Shoes
35 Dover Street, W1S | 2 minutes from Isis
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 13 minutes from Isis
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La Cucina Caldesi
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118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 16 minutes from Isis
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English [Out There!]
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10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 18 minutes from Isis
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May Fair Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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Catalyst Health and Fitness Ltd
London > Leisure > Fitness
30 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Isis
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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
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Isis
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More
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Punch Bowl
London > Nightlife > Pubs
41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 7 minutes from Isis
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Mahiki
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
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
Between the Victorian elegance of Berkley Square and the Imperial magnificence of Piccadilly, you might be surprised to find a club that oozes with Eastern decadence, ... More
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Dukes Hotel: Cognac and Cigar Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Isis
Famous for its martinis - a favourite with James Bond author Ian Fleming - Dukes Hotel extends its drinking area to include an outdoor Cognac and ... More
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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
This long established night spot in Mayfair's Dover Street has been providing Londoners with a sophisticated setting to enjoy food, drink and live entertainment for 30 ... More
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The May Fair
London > Business > Venue Hire
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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