Shish Bar and Restaurant
313 – 319 Old Street, Hoxton, United Kingdom
020 7749 0990
Shish Bar and Restaurant Hoxton Reviews
Sep 15, 2006
There are two of these bars/restaurants one in Willesden (where I work... dangerous) and one just off Hoxton Square which is 500% better and the one this review is on.
There is alot to be said for Shish so lets start with.... the philosophy and decor.
Shish is a middle eastern restaurant with decor and food all being based on the traditions of the Silk Road.
Upstairs in the restaurant the decor is quite bland and very much like Wagamamas.but has fantastically huge windows that are perfect to sit by and watch the world literally go by, but downstairs in the coctail bar is where the magic begins.
As you walk in you get the feeling that you have stepped into an ultra atmospheric Turkish Bathhouse. Every kind of blue mosaic tiles encase the pylons holding up the ceiling, small stools and metal topped tables are all in keeping with middle eastern style.The soft downlights and arty candles displays in the hollows in the walls all add to the other worldlyfeeling.
The baritself isso well stocked withbottlesfamiliar andutterly foreign, fruit and condiments that its any wonder the staff can work behind it.
The staff are amazingly attentive and at £12 or so for a coctail they would want to be!You can order at the bar or at your booth or... your little stool and table. Once you have ordered your drinks it does take a while for them to be served but the wait I think is worth it. The drinks are exceptional if a little minty. My favourite is a Holy Shish, a long blackcurrant icy coctail. Delicious!
The food served in the basement bar is only snacks but there are so many! Try the Tempura Vegetables and the Haloumi Grill. Amazing! oooh and the Aubergine Salad with pitta... delish!
The restaurant upstairs is great for lunch if you're with a mate or alone and you can watch the chefs grilling up your fare in the kitchen from your seat! Go for dinner if you're with a few more people. The atmosphere isn't as great in the restaurant and the more people you have with you detracts from this lack.
The meals upstairs are fabulous. You can't come to a restaurant called Shish and not try a kebab. Not the kind you get in a greasy corner store but skewers of lamb or chicken or beef (or Haloumi for the vegies among us) cooked perfectly in the style of your choice. I had mine on a bed of cous cous... I can't remember what other options there are if there are any.
A perfect place to while away some time on a rainy day watching the world go by and then moving downstairs for some evening coctails. I love it!
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