So Sarastro – a theatrical dining experience

How do you describe a restaurant where the decor and theme is all things opera and theatre, and great Turkish food is served amid live entertainment? Delightfully quirky?

An unusual sight on a busy central London street, the immense greenery and flower-jungle on the outside is an indication of the eccentricity within; and the smell of fresh rosemary an invitation to enter.

Sarastro – Lardbutty restaurant of the week

Once inside, Sarastro initially has the appearance of an old theatre props junk shop. All of the decor and tables (some are ‘theatre box’ boothes) creatively relate in some way to opera or theatre.

Sarastro decor

Eating from the Tenor menu (pre-theatre menu @ £14.50 for two courses) this evening, H and I had mushroom borek (pastries) and hummus starters between us, and both opted for Anatolian lamb with mixed vegetables and mashed potato (slow cooked lamb shank which fell off the bone). Perfect.

Already, we’ve got intriguing, quirky surroundings; excellent value food, and very tasty too; a comprehensive wine list, and, at 8.30pm – live entertainment to complete the spectacle (musicians don’t play every night so check before visiting).

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Turkish / opera
~ Menu: Sarastro menus
~ Postcode: WC2B 5SU
~ Nearest station: Covent Garden / Charing Cross
~ Website: Sarastro website
~ Location: Sarastro map
~ Multi-media (poor quality mobile-phone video of musicians):