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26 Albemarle Street
Despite the lack of signage, there’s no mistaking this offshoot of Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz with its burnished copper door, bowler-hatted doorman and fabulously beautiful dining room – more gleaming copper, glossy monochrome tables and a ceiling studded with shiny brass discs, plus a multi-coloured geometric carpet like a giant op-art installation. The food follows the same low-carb, high-protein template as its forebear, a hotchpotch of Mediterranean-style dishes topped by uniformly excellent small plates designed for sharing – think delicate spears of green and white asparagus, vitello tonnato with a punchy and chunky tuna mayo or ruby-red raw tuna folded atop a hump of avocado arrestingly dressed with grassy olive oil. Isabel’s bigger plates don’t always cut it: the signature beef short-rib ravioli with black truffle was overwhelmed by its rich sauce, while our grilled dish of luxe pluma ibérico pork arrived uniform brown rather than medium-rare as requested. Some say Isabel is “vastly overpriced”, and we can’t ignore the misfires or the wobbly service – although nothing can dim the sheer thrilling beauty of the room itself.
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26 Albemarle Street
Green Park Tube Station 423m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 604m
Faraday Museum 31m
Medici Gallery 72m
Mon-Sat 7am-12M (Sat 10am- ) Sun 10am-11pm
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Food + drink: 1
The atmosphere is excellent but drinks are below the average (gin tonic was only tonic in a glass full of ice as Moscow mule). Food good quality but overpriced for such small portions. Price of the wine was ridiculously high. The service at main entrance not friendly. For what we pay we should not be pushed out to leave the table 15 minutes before the dead line and told not to order a dessert because of the length of the preparation. It is unacceptable for such a place. We will not recommend to our friends
Food + drink: 5
Lunching at Isabel was a delight. I had a friend visiting from Singapore and wanted a nice place in Mayfair that was decorative and a nice setting. We had the set express lunch menu which was delicious and the service was spot on. However, at 12pm the restaurant was a little quiet but it got busier at the lunch period progressed. I would definitely return but I think it may be better for dinner service and great for a girls night out (what with the Dragon bar too!).
Food + drink: 3
No denying the beauty of this place which has been done up to a very high standard. That is the best part. The food, while very good in part is vastly over priced as is the wine list.This is a place to be seen and while the concept of sharing plates may be all the rage, it offers no value for money. Hard to recommend.
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