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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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The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £229  22% off
Stratton Street, W1J | 1 minute from Isis
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, is located in sophisticated Mayfair, resurgent again as London's true luxury quarter. The hotel puts you in a peaceful ... More
 
 
 
The Stafford London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £274  39% off
St James's Place, SW1A | 3 minutes from Isis
This Mayfair institution is in a 17th-century building hidden down a quiet side street behind The Ritz. Decorated in a smart, traditional style, the mews rooms ... More
 
 
 
Cavendish London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £153  38% off
81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from Isis
Situated on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Piccadilly, the 4 star deluxe Cavendish Hotel is perfectly located for London's theatres, shops and arts. It ... More
 
 
 
 
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Al Hamra
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
31 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
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Al Sultan
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51 - 52 Hertford Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
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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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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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Isis, Burlington House, W1J | 3 minutes from Isis
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Utopia Avenue: David Mitchell in conversation with Jon Savage - ONLINE EVENT
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Isis, 203-206 Piccadilly, W1J | 5 minutes from Isis
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Isis, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 7 minutes 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
London > Shopping > Jewellery
27 Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Isis
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Christian Louboutin Dover Street
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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
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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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Green Park
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Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 5 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
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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
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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
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
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Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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Angelica Kauffman
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2020 

Royal Academy of Arts 3 minutes walk from Isis

Founding member of the Royal Academy and one of the most successful artists of her time, Angelica Kauffman is the ...More

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Theatre | Until 2nd January 2021 

Piccadilly Theatre 7 minutes walk from Isis

Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 7 minutes walk from Isis

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
Body Worlds
Body Worlds
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2020 

London Pavilion 7 minutes walk from Isis

A fascinating exhibition which fuses science, art and health education, Body Worlds offers a unique insight into the human body. ...More

 
The Watsons
The Watsons
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Harold Pinter Theatre 9 minutes walk from Isis

Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West ...More

 
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
Theatre | Until 31st July 2020 

Gielgud Theatre 9 minutes walk from Isis

Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town ...More

 
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Sondheim Theatre 9 minutes walk from Isis

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by ...More

 
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 11 minutes walk from Isis

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 12 minutes walk from Isis

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 
POSTPONED: Artemisia Gentileschi
POSTPONED: Artemisia Gentileschi
Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2020 

National Gallery 12 minutes walk from Isis

Artemisia will not open as originally planned on 4th April 2020 due to current global travel restrictions. The National Gallery ...More

 
 
 
 
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