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

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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
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Arlington House Pure Parking
 
2 minutes walk
 
Burlington Car Park
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £179  29% 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 £218  30% 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 £136  36% 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
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
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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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
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The Ritz Restaurant
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, , St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Isis
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Eco-Visionaries
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 23rd November 2019 to 23rd February 2020 - Various Times
Isis, Burlington House, W1J | 3 minutes from Isis
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 8th to 23rd February 2020 - 9am
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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218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 7 minutes from Isis
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Empire Cinema Haymarket
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
63-65 Haymarket, St James's, London SW1Y | 8 minutes from Isis
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22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 8 minutes from Isis
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Mallett Ely House
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 1 minute from Isis
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Halcyon Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
29 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes 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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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
London > Education > Cookery Courses
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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The London Film School
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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
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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
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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
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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
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Ritz Hotel, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute 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
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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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