Iskele

179-181 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8QP - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7490 0082

Iskele Restaurant In London
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Overall 2.5
Food 2.0
Service 2.0
Atmosphere 5.0
Value 1.0
Based on 1 reviews

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Guy Dimond - 3/5

Thursday, January 07, 2010 - Highlights of the procession of small dishes included creamy houmous topped with broad beans and sprinkled with sumac; a warm salad of grilled aubergine, smoky from the char-grill; kisir, the salad of fresh parsley chopped with tomatoes, crushed wheat, onion, olive oil and lemon juice; and boreks, deep-fried pastries filled with cheese. Zingy, fresh flavours typified the dishes, and a light hand was used on the deep-fat fryer. The Turkish grill is much in use in the evenings, with a varied assortment of lamb and chicken kebabs being ferried to the tables by the sweet Turkish staff.

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I went there last month and the management was terrible, food was dry and cold so we asked when it had been cooked and they took it away and re heated it in the oven! The service was terrible and they look at you as you need to get up and leave so they can clean up after you! There are plenty of places you could eat in the Barbican neighborhood for cheaper and better quality.
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Tina Richards - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Very good food and service, Friendly staff. Okay atmosphere, good value. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend or return.
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Yossi
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Despicable customer service. I called to ask how long it would take to order some take away. I could not tell if the man on the other line said 15 minutes or 50 minutes and asked if he could please repeat what he said. The man answered rudely "the animals are not alive you know they are already dead" while a fellow employee laughed in the background. You have lost my business and those of all of my friends and colleagues who live and work in the Barbican neighborhood.
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Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Thursday, October 18, 2012

I have eaten here on two occasions and found it to be delightful, with friendly staff, on both occasions we were not in a hurry, just enjoying a leisurely lunch.

The food was freshly prepared and tasty, the staff knowledgable and helpful, Cost was very reasonable going again this weekend.
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Stephen Moore
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Friday, August 03, 2012

I was surprised to read the bad reviews. I have eaten here a few times and enjoyed the experience. The service was friendly and the food good.
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Friday, May 11, 2012

Looks great from the outside, but the food is really bland (the hummus was like acidic wallpaper paste) and quite expensive for what you get, the service is terrible or certainly was the saturday night we went, the waiters (all of them) were so miserable and clearly doing us a favour!!!

The wine was also expensive for the quality

Oh and the toilets are freezing cold

Would I return....NO

Still the lamps look nice...
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mcdon - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 3 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 3
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just went to this restaurant for lunch and I have to say I was suprised at how awful it was!! The food was some of the most bland I have tasted in a long time.

I ordered a lamb tagine and it has to be the worst I have ever eaten in my life!! It came with a bland gravy and no cous cous???!!? The plus side was that the lamb was cooked nicely but I can't forgive them for how bland and unenjoyable the meal ultimately was.

The service was nice and the interior quite pleasant so it was so suprising that the food so dreadful.

Would I go there again - not even if hell froze over!
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Aaron
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 1 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 1
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Donít usually write reviews but this should be mentioned. Went there couple of weeks ago for a dinner with some friends (5 people, all professionals in our early 30s). One of the worst experiences ever!

Food is not good, waiting time: they donít wait for you to finish.. and service is AWFUL.. we'd ordered some drinks with no ice: they all came with a Double ice.. Bottled beers with no glasses (ok, we asked for some.. and.. received rude feedback 'corona is served so..' WHO SAYS ???? ).. ok, what ever.. after couple of drinks it was forgotten and mood was up again. BUT, not for too long. Later, we found out that they were not happy with us taking long with the starters (the mains were probably ready)..and??? they could simply ask whether we wanted them served.. we literally swallowed our meals without chewing in order to leave the place quickly before our moods were fully ruined..

There was also this grumpy little man (probably one of the managers).. going back and forward unhappy that the restaurant was empty (kept shaking head all evening saying it 'not busy'..). How do you expect to have it busy if you dont even value those who are in??

And the last thing to mention is a Music: some times nice music in background makes things go smoother.. but even this probably plays on the managers mood (either too low..mostly, or suddenly loud_ when his favorite one comes on track)..

Will i recommend: the answer is obvious.. No! Doesnít worth going. May be only as a take away option if someone lives locally. Save your off day for the better place guys!

P.s. the management: please do not bother yourselves by responding to the comment under the different names. I've heard you usually do so.
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Gilliana Fernando Rose
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 1
Thursday, December 15, 2011

It is a lovely restaurant. I have been twice. The food is delicious, the decor is pretty and the service is excellent.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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