Ishtar was as good as always. The food was fantastic (ohh.. those grilled meats), service attentive but not too intrusive and the prices are more than reasonable (without any discount offers). We were there before, we will come back again.
My partner and i had a valentine's dinner at ishtar, we had a three course meal and the food was so delicious, the staff was friendly and service was good. on top of it we had a complementary food by the owner, great hospitality. I will certainly recommend this restaurant, and i will be booking a party soon too.
claire and rhen
"We booked for party of sixty and had a great time. The food and entertainment were amazing. There was a beautiful belly dancer and DJ, and the night seemed endless"
Fabulous in every way! I went to Ishtar last week with my husband with our 50% off voucher in tow, and let me say...our expectations were very much exceeded!
For one, the atmosphere is very sweet...romantic even, with tea light candles, and neautral coloured decor. It is not your typical Turkish restaurant, as many put the emphasis on the food, and not too much else (from my experience). Even the cutlery was gorgeous!
"Service was swift (almost too quick), polite, helpful and careful. (Proper note of who ordered what when main courses served). We had mixed meze and 4 different mains - a lamb kebab, lamb cutlets, salmon and chicken kebabs - all of which were freshly cooked and very tasty. Excellent value."
With wooden flooring and ceiling, and a staircase that sweeps down from the main ground floor to a cellar with an arched roof, Ishtar has a modern look. The ground floor contains a long curved bar and an ocakbaşı grill; part of it is on a raised level. On the walls, shelves display preserved fruit in jars. Heavy white table cloths cover the tables and help to contain the noise level. A starter of houmous kavurma was very pleasing, though unusual in being topped with minced lamb rather than small cubes or strips. The pide bread that came with it was outstanding. Rocket salad with orange, pear and walnut was highly appetising too, though perhaps relied too much on the pear. As a main course, chicken ískender was brilliant, with wonderful thick yoghurt and an exceptional sauce. The wine list is a highlight too. Our waitress was noticeably efficient and enthusiastic, though on previous visits service has been erratic. In all, though, Ishtar has become an established destination and deserves to be visited.
This new Marylebone restaurant has succeeded in marking out a niche for itself. Turkish/Med-leaning food has been adapted to please the modern palate. Starters are simple – grilled king prawns doused with a softly garlicky parsley dressing work well, as does lean, spicy sausage perfectly teamed with plain, grilled halloumi. A main course of baked lamb fillet wrapped in pastirma – Turkey’s own pastrami – is a distinctive meat choice. Easy drinking Turkish wines and excellent pre-dinner dips are bonuses.
10/12 Crawford Street
London W1U 6AZ
Tel +44(0)20 7224 2446
Mob +44(0)7545 523554