I'm surprised this place hasn't been reviewed yet. I used to live right down the street from this restaurant and passed by it nearly everyday without giving it a second glance- the restaurant front leaves nothing to be desired and I never thought about going in. One night my friend and I were starving and didn't want to go too far for a meal so we decided to try out Ishtar as it was only a few minutes walk up the street.
The inside décor surprised me- it is so lovely and fancy inside with a wonderful ambiance- I never would've expected that. Our servers were great and attentive. We started with the Shared Meze Plate appetizer which included hummus, kisir, patlican ezme, ispanak taratar, & patlican soslu (mind you, the only thing I could properly identify was hummus), plus a bunch of delicious vegetables to dip in the sauces.
For my main course I had one of their cubed lamb plates (I forget which one), but it was also delicious and left me wanting more. It's all a bit pricy but I think it's worth it. Looking forward to returning again next time I'm in London
Nothing special.. They don't take Amex. Sucks .. The Iskender was not proper. Meaning it failed.. Service was ok. Would not go back.
On the plus side, the dining room was very pleasant - quiet enough for the four of us to have a conversation without the incessant techno-pop that your typical London Turkish place will have. Large noisy parties are accommodated in the huge downstairs dining room.
But the surroundings did not make up for the greatly overpriced and mostly bland food on offer.
There are many hot and cold mezzes on offer - we shared the mixed vegetarian and an order of falafel. Portions are on the very small side, and nothing was really stellar - M&S does better with their pre-packaged takeouts.
Mains had mixed reviews - the tiger prawns were very good with a wonderful simple garlic sauce, but the marinated chicken kabob was served with plain unseasoned rice and seemed to lack the advertised marinade. It was dry and flavorless.
The minced lamb with garlic and a yogurt/tomato sauce was flavorful enough, but quite heavy and dense (if portion size is the meter you use to rate goodness, get this dish).
The last contender was a special chicken dish with chestnuts and mixed root veggies - but was missing the requisite chestnuts.
On the whole, I'd say you could do much better and be much happier elsewhere.
Terrific Turkish restaurant that delivers great value for a W1 address.
Really great lunch spot and delicious food. I especially love the lentil soup and the Borek.
Had the unfortunate luck to dine here at the same time as christmas party tables (the christmas meal deals are very good value).
The mezze starter was good. The lentil soup was very nice,perfect in this weather!
The grilled lamb cubes were too fatty for my taste. The 'Iskinder' main dish was average.
The lemon sorbet was horrible. The pistachio ice cream was,again, quite average.
Service average, decor nothing special.
A good value restaurant for a quick meal. Nothing special.
I've been here 4 times now and never been disappointed. The food is very fresh and really tasty. Even the vegetarian options were delicious. Reasonably priced restaurant with a great atmosphere. Warm bread straight out the oven is served complimentary with hummus and olives before entrees. Be sure to book ahead!
Have been visiting Ishtar since it first opened,comfortable seating,nice dim lighting and the food is fresh and good - all cooked from the visible kitchen which is spotless.
Always have the grilled meats and recommend the baklava for dessert served with their homemade pistachio ice cream.
The only thing of late is the bread served along with hummous & olives when you are seated: it is now served almost over crisp - was much nicer served it simply warm when the texture of the excellent bread was more edible...not toast like.
Meat was good, that's about all I can comment on... Not a place for gluten-free people, since even the rice has bread product added. They'll replace the rice with salad for you, but it's a very small amount of basically just lettuce. Service left something to be desired.
Great Turkish restaurant - lovely decor, great food (fish kebabs great!)
£20 for set menu
We went without a reservation at 8pm on a Wednesday. The restaurant did not seem busy but filled up quickly soon after. Aside from the initial welcome/first drink offer, the service was not friendly and was very sporadic. There is large menu with all the Turkish favourites but the restaurant is lacking in warmth, hospitality and welcome. The food is fine.
Great place for two set lunch menu. Nice bread and hummous+olives delivered before entree. Sauses in separate cups for the main course very good. Had asparagus and then grilled chicken. Will be back if in the neighborhood again.
I really liked the food here. The atmosphere downstairs at the weekend is great. There is a DJ, singer and belly dancer sometimes. Lots of dancing. Only downside is I think the food is pretty pricy compared to other Turkish restaurants and it is hard to get the waiters attention at times.
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