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SquareMeal Review of Isabel

Gold Award

With its opulent, gold fabric-lined walls and geometric rows of polished brass lamps arrayed across the ceiling, this glossy sibling of Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz has fitted into its smart Mayfair setting like a Versace boutique on Sloane Street. For some, this is a “top-of-the-top luxury experience”, although others think it’s a case of style over substance, with complaints about high prices and noise levels.

Either way, Isabel is a jaw-droppingly beautiful statement of intent from Chilean investment banker turned designer and restaurateur, Juan Santa Cruz. Food-wise, everything revolves around a low-carb, high-protein ‘small plates’ menu that blends South American and Mediterranean influences, with on-trend lactose- and gluten-free options throughout.

Above all, expect a selection of beautifully presented, precision-tuned dishes showcasing precise flavours: rosebud-like rolls of beetroot-cured salmon with a vibrant herb purée; perfectly seasoned, silky beef tartare topped with a vibrant quail’s egg yolk; sweet red prawns, grilled and served with chimichurri.

More substantial options might include grilled suckling lamb shoulder, veal paillard with sage and lemon or wild brill with leeks and capers, as well as the addictive paccheri pasta: al dente tubes folded in a creamy cheese sauce and sprinkled with bottarga. Equally indulgent desserts span everything from dulce de leche fondant to raspberry and white chocolate gâteau.

A final mention must go to the loos – each lavishly decorated with hand-painted De Gournay wallpaper and almost as good-looking as the staff uniforms created by Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz. Not surprisingly, polished (but friendly) service completes an undeniably pretty picture.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Celeb-spotting, Special occasions

Location for Isabel

26 Albemarle Street , London, W1S 4HY

020 3096 9292


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 7am-12M (Sat 10am- ) Sun 10am-11pm

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4 Reviews 

Ms/Mrs. Izzi B

good client lunch
25 October 2019   - Verified Diner

lovely restaurant, was really looked after. was a little quiet at lunch!

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Alessandra P

Food overpriced wine amazingly overpriced
09 November 2018  
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
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Alana F

Great lunch spot - quality food and service
02 October 2018  
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!).
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Mr. Alex S

Good but so over priced
12 October 2017  
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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