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The inviting open frontage is a big advantage for this Turkish grill in the summer months, while the interior makes an equally bullish statement of intent: green walls, contemporary candelabra-style light fittings and a copper ceiling signal that this is no run-of-the-mill kebab joint. That said, the charcoal grill is a significant player, adding a smoky tinge to marinated aubergines, lamb chops or skewered minced chicken and peppers (curiously wrapped in a tortilla), but the kitchen also makes its point with rich flavours, slightly fussy presentation and a menu that runs from tabbouleh and falafel to poached octopus, braised lamb shank in tomato sauce and veggie moussaka. Set lunches and express menus are a big draw, while the drinks list includes a couple of Turkish wines. Handy if you’re looking for something posher than the ethnic eateries on nearby Edgware Road. 


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Essential Details for Ishtar

  • Address: 10-12 Crawford Street, London W1U 6AZ
  • Telephone: 020 7224 2446
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm
  • Cuisine: Turkish
  • Area: Marylebone
  • Price: £39.00
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £37.50
  • Lunch: £11.95 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £25 (3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 8,140

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