One thing is certain about Sarastro, it is not the shy and retiring, wallflower-esque sort of establishment but rather the Russell Brand of the restaurant world. Step inside and you are hit by a sensory explosion of theatre memorabilia that is completely congruous with its location in the heart of theatre land. Named after Mozart’s character in The Magic Flute and created by Richard Niazzi, a flamboyant character famously named ‘King of Covent Garden,’ it is now run by his daughter who has worked hard to ensure that none of it’s original charm and opulance has been lost since it first opened in 1996. The reason Sarastro stands out is its dramatic and decadent decor. Great hanging tapestries, wall-mounted opera boxes and random props from nearby shows means that wherever you look there is something new to take in. With regular live music ranging from Turkish bands to swing and Motown, it makes the perfect setting for a party night or a pre-show dinner. A more dramatic and theatrical location you will be hard-pressed to find. Open 7 days a week from midday until last orders apart from Sundays when it is closed for 2 hours between 4 and 6.
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