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Located not so far away from the Royal Opera House, the theatrical theme at Sarastro does not cease at its namesake character from Mozart's classic "The Magic Flute." Richard Niazi combines his passion for food and the arts with this unique dining concept. The glamorous and flamboyant ambiance is heavily influenced by Gothic and Ottoman styles and the icing on the cake is the gastronomical splendor they whip up. Velvet drapes, theater props and aesthetic accents don the interiors of the Victorian building. The food is generically Mediterranean, sprinkled with Turkish specialties such as Anatolian style lamb, kofte and karniyari. Enjoy their three-course set Opera Cabaret menu and exquisite wine list that's reasonably priced considering the potential tourist attraction. It also plays host to the occasional live opera.
With legendary food connoisseurs Robert and David Eyre at the helm of affairs, expect nothing but the best when you decide to trot down to the Eyre Brothers. From the solicitous staff and contemporary décor to lip-smacking dishes, this restaurant has it all. Its recipes are inspired by the regional Portugal cuisine; and attract a varied clientèle ranging from artists, photographers and architects, to professionals. Check website for bar timings and further details.
Zengi’s stylish interior design immediately sets it apart from other halal restaurants and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes diners feel like part of a family. Flickering candles cast shadows against brick walls furnished with glass lanterns and decorated with Arabic prints creating a soothing effect in the comfy cushion-clad dining area. Serving a wide range of authentic cuisine from Turkey and the Middle East, Zengi’s expertise is exemplified in dishes prepared with wood-fire ovens or on the char grill. Mince lamb kebabs served with fresh bread is a popular favorite among regulars, though vegetarian dishes do just as well. Zengi is unlicensed, though a bring your own alcohol policy is encouraged.