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Sarastro (Restaurant)

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126 Drury Lane, Theatreland, West End, London, WC2B 5QG
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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Located on the ground floor corner of a Grade II listed Victorian building, Sarastro is behind the Theatre Royal and is at the junction of Drury Lane and Kemble Street. The unpretentious exterior of the restaurant is marked on two sides by a series of semicircular paned glass windows in which there are numerous domestic knickknacks - dusty books, battered urns and tired lamps with fading lampshades - to give a distinct 'old curiosity shop' appearance.

Sarastro was created by artist and international designer, Richard 'Salim' Sleeman, who was responsible for producing a Turkish bath and Art gallery

in southern Spain and an Ottoman complex in Turkey, as well as revamping several notable London restaurants. He has positioned a veritable treasure trove of period and contemporary items in every nook and cranny all around the restaurant and takes delight at replacing things every so often to provide a constant subtle change of appearance.

Ten opera boxes adorn three sides of the restaurant. All are different and based on English, Gothic, Rococo, Ottoman and Byzantine styles. The 'Royal' box commands the centre position at the far end.

The name Sarastro was inspired by a large character in Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Sarastro is a powerful man held in awe, if not fear, by everybody. It reflects the image Richard Niazi seeks to portray - the semblance of a bad man who is actually just the opposite.

Cuisine at Sarastro is Turkish-oriented - the food is broadly Mediterranean in style.

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Food

The food at Sarastro is broadly Mediterranean in style though mainly Turkish-oriented.

Updated 01/03/2007

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