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The first thing you'll notice about Sarastro is the amassed jungle of exotica engulfing its front entrance. A photograph alone is enough to make any hay fever sufferer burst into a watery mess of sniffles. Otherwise it's as veracious and unusual to the point of memorable as the whole interior.
Step inside this Aladdin's cave and you're greeted by a dark, lengthy room of commotion. Opera boxes line the upper walls - you can actually eat up there. Meanwhile you'll find semi-private tables tucked in the alcoves beneath. The spine of the room is a long communal table made of several tiny tables where nearly twenty diners can sit at once. It's more like a bygone banquet hall than a restaurant.
Food-wise, you won't be disappointed especially with the highly-recommended Mezze starters for £12 and mains including sea bass, duck confit, steaks, sea bream and a variety of salad or pasta dishes, most of which are suitable for vegetarians. Alternatively you can opt for a two/three course set menu or the 'Tenor menu' (which is the cheaper option).
Sarastro really is one of London's more outrageous eating establishments. It provides live entertainment as well as great food, a seriously eye-opening setting, and the staff are attentive and friendly. Though don't be surprised if they're rushed off their feet; this place fills up rapidly, often selling out on Saturday nights. We recommend you make a booking in advance.
Opening times: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00-22:30, Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:15