My mother-in-law was visiting last week and I thought it would be a great time to explore some of the unique restaurants in London while she’s here. I do have a long list of these kinds of restaurants and one of them is Sarastro Restaurant. Located in the middle of London’t Theatrelane, Sarastro Restaurant embraces this theme and offers a theatrical dining experience to their diners.
Reservation is an absolute must as the restaurant gets really crowded specially later in the evening. We had a reservation at 5:30pm for an early dinner and when we arrived at 5pm, it was already packed with diners who were most probably having their pre-theatre dinner.
As we walked in Sarastro Restaurant, there was only one thing in my mind – it’s definitely one of the (if not the only) quirkiest restaurants I’ve ever been to. Decorated with what seemed like props from different theatre plays, it looked like a chaotic junk shop in a very organized way. There were semi-private dining/balcony areas which overlook the whole of the restaurant. I actually loved it, I probably would prefer dining in one of those balcony areas next time I go there.
We were asked twice if we wanted to leave our coats in the cloakroom before heading to our table and we refused both times. Upon seeing the tiny space that we have around our table, we suddenly realized why they insisted. (Important tip: leave your coat in the cloakroom when dining in Sarastro.)
We chose to have the Tenor Menu which was a set menu of appetizer, main course and desserts priced at £19.95 per person. Sarastro Restaurant serves Turkish cuisine so I was a bit concerned if my mother-in-law’s discerning palate will actually like it since Greek and Turkish cuisine are very closely related to each other. Thankfully, she loved it! She particularly loved the very tender lamb Anatolian which was cooked to perfection. My grilled chicken was also great, the only problem I had with it was the serving was not enough. :p
As we have booked our dinner at 5:30pm and we were actually expected to vacate our table 2 hours after our booked time, we were unable to witness the live entertainment but I’m definitely planning to go back to Sarastro Restaurant for the complete theatrical dining experience.
126 Drury Lane, TheatreLand
London WC2B 5SU
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