Past the age of 21, the idea of a night out staggering between clubs and crowds loses its appeal. Enter a new era for the more sophisticated, the rise of the restaurant-come- lounge bar where the elegantly attired go from dinner to intimate drinks within the same establishment-without a scuffed shoe in sight.
Mayfair has welcomed a new addition to its upper crust dining scene. Isabel is the sister to Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz and the newest offering by Juan Santa Cruz. The internationally acclaimed entrepreneur is best known for culinary institutions in London and Buenos Aires. The hot spot is set over two floors, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine with Argentinian influence. The menu offers delectable dishes including grilled courgette with mint and lemon, pizzette with mozzarella and tomato and basil and veal ragú gnocchi- just to whet your appetite.
Aesthetically, the venue is nothing short of spectacular. Utilizing Santa Cruz Co.’s knack for stylish interior design, the ambiance is influenced by the Art Deco era. The jewel-toned colour scheme and lighting is warm and sleek, expertly selected to cast a flattering glow on diners. Polish off your dinner with a digestif and head downstairs for one of the most exclusive after hours in affluent West London. The first thing you’ll notice is the intimate feel, a place for secrets and clandestine trysts. The walls are lined with padded emerald silk brocade and glamorous velvet banquettes provide areas for rest after a bout of enthusiastic dancing. Dinner and exclusive late night dance parties without the hassle of intermediary travel is the only way for the elite 2017 individual to party on.
Isabel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, 7:30am until 2:30am. 26 Albemarle Street, London , W1S 4HY