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Date Night In London | Sarastro Restaurant

February 20, 2017
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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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

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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.

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Sarastro Restaurant
126 Drury Lane, TheatreLand
London WC2B 5SU
+442078360101
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20 Comments

  • Reply Bhushavali March 2, 2017 at 10:08

    Oh my!!! That looks like a very interesting restaurant!!! Too bad you posted this a couple months too late!!! I just moved away from London!!! 🙁
    The interiors does look exquisite!!! It has not just a theatre feel, but a royal feel to it!!!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:18

      Oh no! But it’s a good reason to come back! :p

  • Reply Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler ) March 1, 2017 at 13:35

    This place looks incredible and so does the food. We are just an hour away from London and planning to fly there for a weekend , would be surely going to this place and tagging you 🙂 Thanks for the recco

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:22

      That’s great Swati! Hope you do make it here. 🙂

  • Reply Gareth March 1, 2017 at 10:54

    London has a seemingly unparalleled selection of quirky restaurants but Sarastro really does seem to be on the stranger end of the spectrum! Certainly, as you stated, many of the city’s best restaurants are located around the theatre area and there really isn’t a better way to get ready for a show than a hearty meal which, for £19.95 per person is actually really good considering the location. The la,b Anatolian in particular looks incredible

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:24

      The price is definitely something that I don’t see much here in London, considering its location. 🙂

  • Reply Only By Land March 1, 2017 at 08:16

    This looks like a fancy restaurant, I do see why you should leave your coats at the door. The food you described sounds delicious, tender lamb! The good thing about England is there is food from all over the world and you can eat what you like!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:24

      Yep, one of the great things about living in a multicultural city. 🙂

  • Reply Jean March 1, 2017 at 02:57

    These photos are mesmerising. I can only imagine how distracting, in a good way, the decor must be when you are sitting there. Even in the teeny tiny spaces. The price seems really reasonable for a London restaurant.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:26

      It’s absolutely distracting. Lol. Maybe for people who suffer claustrophobia, this isn’t a good restaurant for them to go to and yes, the price is not at all a London price. 🙂

  • Reply Natalie March 1, 2017 at 01:59

    I love an interesting restaurant and this one sounds so cool! Love the decor- what fun to sit and try to decide where it came from. We always travel with the kids and enjoy exploring neat places like this one!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:30

      I think kids will spend hours in this place if they’re going to go through each and every pieces of decor that is in here. :p

  • Reply Rhiannon February 28, 2017 at 22:24

    £19.95 for three courses?! That’s a crazy good price! I love the look of the place – at first glance the pictures reminded me of a mash-up between old west style joints and somewhere you’d expect to find on a pirates of the Caribbean movie! I’ve actually never tried Turkish food before, but it looks delicious.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:19

      Old west and pirates of the Caribbean, yeah I do get it. Lol. It does have the Pirates of Caribbean feel to it. :p

  • Reply Lydia@LifeUntraveled February 28, 2017 at 19:03

    The design is quite unique – a strange mix of burlesque and gothic inspired! With such a design, I didn’t expect it to have a Turkish menu but I’m sure the food was delicious! Next time you do need to see the show! 😉

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:23

      Yes! Burlesque! I got that vibe too from it. I really do need to see the show there, I feel like I missed the true experience of Sarastro.

  • Reply Ashley Smith February 28, 2017 at 13:59

    This place is super cute! I love unique dining experiences like this one. Thanks for the heads up about the coat room lol. The food looks amazing too!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:24

      Yes, the cloak room is a very important tip. I’ll definitely use it next time. :p

  • Reply Photo Cache February 21, 2017 at 16:46

    I like kitschy restaurants like this and I love Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean cuisine. Worth checking out.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 23, 2017 at 11:05

      I normally don’t like kitschy restaurants because it’s most of the time invested only on the design and not the food. This restaurant however delivers good food too so I was surprised and impressed. :p

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